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cerebral cortex

noun
1.
the furrowed outer layer of gray matter in the cerebrum of the brain, associated with the higher brain functions, as voluntary movement, coordination of sensory information, learning and memory, and the expression of individuality.
Origin of cerebral cortex
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • Woman is furthermore aided in the latter faculty through the greater excitability of her cerebral cortex.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • This, of course, is equivalent to postulating the cerebral cortex as the exclusive seat of higher intellection.

  • A sudden release from this state excites, momentarily, an increased activity in the cells of the cerebral cortex.

  • It is therefore to items regarding the functions of the great sheet of cerebral cortex that we may now pass.

  • In D and W m in the cerebral cortex the hindrances are still great because of too slight practice.

  • The main seat of this principle of life is in the central nervous system and especially in the cerebral cortex.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Nothing could be more unphilosophical, for example, than to speak of “intellectual cells” (Denkzellen) in the cerebral cortex.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • This woman was wearing one of Ann's patented grids, sealed into her cerebral cortex.

    The Cartels Jungle Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  • Detached from the control panel of his cerebral cortex his body mechanism functioned perfectly.

    The Instant of Now Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  • As we have already seen, the cerebral cortex is the seat of the chief mental faculties of man or at least of the highest of these.

    Being Well-Born Michael F. Guyer
cerebral cortex in Science
cerebral cortex  
The layer of gray matter in vertebrates that covers the cerebral hemispheres and is composed of folds of neurons and axons. The cerebral cortex is responsible for higher functions of the nervous system, including voluntary muscle activity and learning, language, and memory.
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cerebral cortex in Culture

cerebral cortex definition


The surface layer of gray tissue of the cerebrum, frequently called the gray matter. The large size of the cerebral cortex in humans distinguishes them from other animals. Specific parts of the cortex control specific functions, including sensation, voluntary muscle movement, thought, reasoning, and memory.

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