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Why is temporal lobe called “temporal”

June 11th, 2009

The name of “temporal lobe” follows “temporal bone”. But why “temporal”? The reason is that when people get old, the first region in the head which grows white hair is this region (see picture below). Thus this region is kind of a “time” region. That’s where “temporal” comes from. (I get this from some textbook but I forget which one.)

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  1. Patty
    March 22nd, 2012 at 19:59 | #1

    Thank you Xu Cui,for answering my question.

  2. Aram Harijan
    March 19th, 2013 at 17:46 | #2

    When it comes to anatomy, *temporal is an adjective derived from *temple, a word which has latin root in *templum and denotes a place of worship, which in turn, denotes a relationship with time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_(anatomy)