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[L., shell]
A major basal ganglia nucleus shaped like a concave-convex lens, located deep inside the cerebral hemisphere, and composing one of the two segments of the striatum. The other segment of the striatum is the caudate nucleus. The putamen and the caudate nucleus are separated by the internal capsule. A separate basal ganglia nucleus, the globus pallidus, lies like a small convex-convex lens in the concavity of the putamen.
SEE: striatum

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