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Lobe (anatomy)

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Lobe (anatomy)

In anatomy, a lobe is a clear anatomical division or extension of an organ (as seen for example in the brain, the lung, liver or the kidney) that can be determined without the use of a microscope at the gross anatomy level. This is in contrast to the much smaller lobule, which is a clear division only visible under the microscope.


Interlobar ducts connect lobes and interlobular ducts connect lobules.

Examples of lobes

  • The four lobes of the human cerebral cortex
  • the frontal lobe
  • the parietal lobe
  • the occipital lobe
  • the temporal lobe
  • The three lobes of the human cerebellum
  • the flocculonodular lobe
  • the anterior lobe
  • the posterior lobe
  • The two lobes of the thymus
  • The two and three lobes of the lungs
  • Left lung: superior and inferior
  • Right lung: superior, middle, inferior
  • The four lobes of the liver
  • Left lobe of liver
  • Right lobe of liver
  • Quadrate lobe of liver
  • Caudate lobe of liver
  • The renal lobes of the kidney
  • Examples of lobules

  • the cortical lobules of the kidney
  • the testicular lobules
  • the lobules of the mammary gland
  • the lobules of the lung
  • the lobules of the thymus
  • References

    Lobe (anatomy) Wikipedia