Lingual gyrus

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Brain: Lingual gyrus
Medial surface of left cerebral hemisphere. (Lingual gyrus visible at left.)
Latin gyrus lingualis
Gray's subject #189 823
Part of Occiptal lobe
Artery Posterior cerebral
NeuroNames hier-140

The lingual gyrus of the occipital lobe lies between the calcarine sulcus and the posterior part of the collateral sulcus; behind, it reaches the occipital pole; in front, it is continued on to the tentorial surface of the temporal lobe, and joins the hippocampal gyrus. The lingual gyrus is so-named because it resembles the tongue in shape.

This region is believed to play an important role in dreaming and vision, especially in recognizing words, regardless of size, font, etc.

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