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cerebral

[suh-ree-bruh l, ser-uh-] /səˈri brəl, ˈsɛr ə-/
adjective
1.
Anatomy, Zoology. of or pertaining to the cerebrum or the brain.
2.
betraying or characterized by the use of the intellect rather than intuition or instinct:
His is a cerebral music that leaves many people cold.
3.
Phonetics, retroflex (def 2).
noun
4.
Phonetics. a cerebral sound.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < Neo-Latin cerebrālis. See cerebrum, -al1
Related forms
cerebrally, adverb
intercerebral, adjective
noncerebral, adjective
overcerebral, adjective
postcerebral, adjective
precerebral, adjective
subcerebral, adjective
supercerebral, adjective
supercerebrally, adverb
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Examples from the web for cerebral
  • The cerebral hemispheres and other parts of the brain involved with vision and movement were relatively large.
  • cerebral hypoxia occurs when there is not enough oxygen getting to the brain.
  • Shrapnel is excised, cerebral tissue swells, and the scalp is pulled taut and sewn back over a ballooning brain.
  • Moreover, functional brain imaging now reveals how they achieve their extraordinary cerebral feats.
  • Without myelin, brain cells die, leaving children vulnerable to neurological deficits such as cerebral palsy.
  • Let's say that a particular cerebral nucleus was found, existing only in conscious creatures.
  • The plexus on the vertebral artery is continued on to the basilar, posterior cerebral, and cerebellar arteries.
  • The distinctive, deeply wrinkled outer surface is the cerebral cortex, which consists of gray matter.
  • These cerebral primates forage for food during daylight hours.
  • It can also have applications in human health and medicine, particularly in the area of prosthetics and cerebral palsy.
British Dictionary definitions for cerebral

cerebral

/ˈsɛrɪbrəl; US səˈriːbrəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the cerebrum or to the entire brain
2.
involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
3.
(phonetics) another word for cacuminal
noun
4.
(phonetics) a consonant articulated in the manner of a cacuminal consonant
Derived Forms
cerebrally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cerebral
adj.

1816, "pertaining to the brain," from French cérébral (16c.), from Latin cerebrum "the brain" (also "the understanding"), from PIE *keres-, from root *ker- "top of the head" (see horn (n.)). Meaning "intellectual, clever" is from 1929. Cerebral palsy attested from 1824, originally a general term for cases of paralysis that seemed to be traceable to "a morbid state of the encephalon." Later used in a more specific sense from c.1860, based on the work of English surgeon Dr. William Little.

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cerebral in Medicine

cerebral cer·e·bral (sěr'ə-brəl, sə-rē'-)
adj.
Of or relating to the brain or cerebrum.

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cerebral in Science
cerebral
  (sěr'ə-brəl, sə-rē'brəl)   
Relating to or involving the brain or cerebrum.
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cerebral in Culture
cerebral [(suh-ree-bruhl, ser-uh-bruhl)]

A descriptive term for things pertaining to the brain or cerebrum.

Note: The term is also used figuratively to describe things that appeal to the intellect.
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