|—n , pl -tices|
|1.||anatomy the outer layer of any organ or part, such as the grey matter in the brain that covers the cerebrum (cerebral cortex) or the outer part of the kidney (renal cortex)|
|a. the unspecialized tissue in plant stems and roots between the vascular bundles and the epidermis|
|b. the outer layer of a part such as the bark of a stem|
|[C17: from Latin: bark, outer layer]|
cortex cor·tex (kôr'těks')
n. pl. cor·tex·es or cor·ti·ces (-tĭ-sēz')
The outer layer of an internal organ or body structure, as of the kidney.
The cerebral cortex.
|cortex (kôr'těks') Pronunciation Key