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[suh-ree-bruh m, ser-uh-] /səˈri brəm, ˈsɛr ə-/
noun, plural cerebrums, cerebra
[suh-ree-bruh, ser-uh-] /səˈri brə, ˈsɛr ə-/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology.
the anterior and largest part of the brain, consisting of two halves or hemispheres and serving to control voluntary movements and coordinate mental actions.
the forebrain and the midbrain.
Origin of cerebrum
1605-15; < Latin: brain; akin to cranium, horn Unabridged
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  • The cerebrum has to do with conscious activity; that is, thought.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • The part of the brain lying below the hind part of the cerebrum.

    A Handbook of Health Woods Hutchinson
  • It is probable that both nickel and cobalt paralyse to some extent the cerebrum.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • Connexion with the motor-nerves does not come into being in response to the action of the cerebrum.

    Lola Henny Kindermann
  • The fish form is that in which we have only a rudiment of the cerebrum, which is so large in man.

  • Wounds complicated with fracture and depression on the cerebrum.

  • Encephalic lesions, adherence of the pia mater to the cerebrum, mean absolutely nothing in this question.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • The hind-brain, or cerebellum, is not completely covered by the cerebrum.

  • In the basal portion of the cerebrum there is an unpaired slit-shaped ventricle, the outer walls of which are very thick.

British Dictionary definitions for cerebrum


noun (pl) -brums, -bra (-brə)
the anterior portion of the brain of vertebrates, consisting of two lateral hemispheres joined by a thick band of fibres: the dominant part of the brain in man, associated with intellectual function, emotion, and personality See telencephalon
the brain considered as a whole
the main neural bundle or ganglion of certain invertebrates
Derived Forms
cerebroid, adjective
cerebric (ˈsɛrɪbrɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: the brain
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Word Origin and History for cerebrum

1610s, from Latin cerebrum "brain" (see cerebral).

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cerebrum in Medicine

cerebrum cer·e·brum (sěr'ə-brəm, sə-rē'-)
n. pl. cer·e·brums or cer·e·bra (-brə)
The largest portion of the brain, including practically all the parts within the skull except the medulla, pons, and cerebellum and now usually referring only to the parts derived from the telencephalon and including mainly the cerebral hemispheres that are joined at the bottom by the corpus callosum. It controls and integrates motor, sensory, and higher mental functions, such as thought, reason, emotion, and memory.

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cerebrum in Science
  (sěr'ə-brəm, sə-rē'brəm)   
Plural cerebrums or cerebra
The largest part of the vertebrate brain, filling most of the skull and consisting of two cerebral hemispheres divided by a deep groove and joined by the corpus callosum, a transverse band of nerve fibers. The cerebrum processes complex sensory information and controls voluntary muscle activity. In humans it is the center of thought, learning, memory, language, and emotion.
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cerebrum in Culture
cerebrum [(ser-uh-bruhm, suh-ree-bruhm)]

The largest part of the brain, consisting of two lobes, the right and left cerebral hemispheres. The cerebrum controls thought and voluntary movement. (See cerebral cortex, left brain, and right brain.)

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