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Related to limen insulae: Limbic lobe, Heschl's gyrus, anterior perforated substance, Insular cortex
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.]
[C19: from Latin]
thresh•old(ˈθrɛʃ oʊld, ˈθrɛʃ hoʊld)
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]
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|Noun||1.||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