Anatomy. of, pertaining to, resembling, or consisting of cortex.
Physiology. resulting from the function or condition of the cerebral cortex.
Botany. of or pertaining to the cortex.

1665–75; < Neo-Latin corticālis, equivalent to Latin cortic- (stem of cortex) cortex + -ālis -al1

cortically, adverb
intercortical, adjective
noncortical, adjective
noncortically, adverb Unabridged
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cortex (ˈkɔːtɛks)
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)
2.  botany
 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]

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1670s, from Mod.L. corticalis, from cortex "bark of a tree."
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cortical cor·ti·cal (kôr'tĭ-kəl)

  1. Of, relating to, derived from, or consisting of cortex.

  2. Of, relating to, associated with, or depending on the cerebral cortex.

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Example sentences
The kidney is composed of an internal medullary and an external cortical
These are the follicles in their earliest condition, and the layer where they
  are found has been termed the cortical layer.
Most scholars concerned with the material basis of consciousness are cortical
Lazar has found that meditation may help prevent the rate of cortical thinning
  with age.
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