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li·men

 (lī′mən)
n. pl. li·mens or lim·i·na (lĭm′ə-nə)
The point at which a stimulus is strong enough to produce a physiological or psychological response.

[Latin līmen, threshold.]

limen

(ˈlaɪmɛn)
n, pl limens or limina (ˈlɪmɪnə)
(Psychology) psychol another term for threshold4 See also liminal
[C19: from Latin]

thresh•old

(ˈθrɛʃ oʊld, ˈθrɛʃ hoʊld)

n.
1. the sill of a doorway.
2. the entrance to a house or building.
3. any point of entering or beginning: the threshold of a new career.
4. Also called limen. the point at which a stimulus is of sufficient intensity to begin to produce an effect: the threshold of consciousness; a low threshold of pain.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English threscold, threscwald, c. Old Norse threskǫldr; akin to thresh in old sense “trample, tread”; -old, -wald unexplained]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limen - the smallest detectable sensation
aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression - an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation; "a sensation of touch"
absolute threshold - the lowest level of stimulation that a person can detect
difference limen, difference threshold, differential limen, differential threshold - the smallest change in stimulation that a person can detect
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The M1 ends at the limen insulae where it sharply turns superiorly and posteriorly and divide to form the M2 segment.
He stated that bifurcation of the MCA occurs at the high point of the limen insulae.