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cerebral cortex

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.
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1925-30 Unabridged
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  • The distinctive, deeply wrinkled outer surface is the cerebral cortex, which consists of gray matter.
  • The grooves and folds in the cerebral cortex are called convolutions.
  • In addition the cerebral cortex is concerned with conscious life.
  • Neurology claims that the highest part of the brain, the cerebral cortex, is programmed from birth.
  • The cerebral cortex is a wondrously well-buffered mechanism that can withstand a good bit of well-intentioned bungling.
  • The cerebral cortex deals with sensory information, thinking, emotion and consciousness.
  • Around eight or nine connections between neurons in the cerebral cortex are pruned back.
  • The cerebral cortex is the structure that gives the organ its convoluted surface.
  • Fact memory is probably a function largely of the cerebral cortex and not the cerebellum.
  • The primitive brain quiets down and the cerebral cortex lights up.
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 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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