Wernicke's area

Last revised by Rohit Sharma on 3 Jul 2022

Wernicke's area (Brodmann area 22) is an area of the posterior temporal lobe in the dominant hemisphere concerned with the receptive components of speech.

Gross anatomy

Wernicke's area is located in the superior temporal gyrus, posterior to the posterior commissure line.


It is bounded superiorly by the angular gyrus.

Blood supply

Arterial supply is via the inferior terminal branch of the middle cerebral artery.

Related pathology

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: Broca and Wernicke areas
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  • Figure 2: superior temporal gyrus
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  • Figure 3: dual stream language model (annotated MRI)
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