decerebration

decerebrate

[v. dee-ser-uh-breyt; n. dee-ser-uh-breyt, -brit]
verb (used with object), decerebrated, decerebrating.
1.
Surgery. to remove the cerebrum.
noun
2.
a decerebrated animal.
3.
a person who, because of brain injury, exhibits behavior characteristic of a decerebrated animal.

Origin:
1895–1900; de- + cerebr- + -ate1

decerebration, noun
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decerebrate
 
vb
1.  (tr) to remove the brain or a large section of the brain or to cut the spinal cord at the level of the brain stem of (a person or animal)
 
n
2.  a decerebrated individual
 
[C19: from de- + cerebro- + -ate1]
 
decere'bration
 
n

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decerebrate de·cer·e·brate (dē-sěr'ə-brāt', -brĭt)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of an individual who has suffered a brain injury that results in neurological function comparable to that resulting from decerebration of an animal. v. de·cer·e·brat·ed, de·cer·e·brat·ing, de·cer·e·brates (-brāt')
To eliminate cerebral brain function in an animal by decerebration.

decerebration de·cer·e·bra·tion (dē-sěr'ə-brā'shən)
n.
The elimination of cerebral function in an animal by removing the cerebrum, cutting across the brain stem, or severing certain arteries in the brain stem, as may be done for experimentation.

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