Meaning of insula in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪnsjʊlə/

nounplural noun insulae/ˈɪnsjʊliː/

  • 1(in ancient Rome) a tenement in a city.

    ‘In the reign of Hadrian a forum/basilica complex was constructed, and slightly later a set of public baths in the insula to the east of the forum.’
    • ‘Then in the residential areas were the insulae.’
    • ‘These flats were known as insulae and only contained two rooms at the most.’
    • ‘Most Romans lived in multi-storied apartment buildings called insula.’
    • ‘The hole from the roof was tiny, given that the building was in the grand Roman insulae tradition, built three storeys high, but it still gave a feeling of wealth to the home.’
  • 2Anatomy
    A region of the brain deep in the cerebral cortex.

    ‘The insular cortex is indented by a number of sulci, one of which - the central sulcus of the insula - is deeper and more prominent than the rest.’
    • ‘A few seconds later, presumably as the person responded to the humor, brain regions called the insula and amygdala became active across both hemispheres of the brain.’
    • ‘While rejecting an offer, increased brain activity was observed in the anterior insula, which is associated with negative emotions such as disgust.’
    • ‘The areas most affected were the superior temporal, anterior insula, and orbitofrontal cortices.’
    • ‘The insula relays messages between imitation and emotion regions, Iacoboni suggests.’


Latin, literally ‘island’.