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[nee-oh-kawr-teks] /ˌni oʊˈkɔr tɛks/
noun, plural neocortices
[nee-oh-kawr-tuh-seez] /ˌni oʊˈkɔr təˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
the largest and evolutionarily most recent portion of the cerebral cortex, composed of complex, layered tissue, the site of most of the higher brain functions.
Also called neopallium.
Origin of neocortex
1905-10; neo- + cortex
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[nee-oh-kawr-ti-kuh l] /ˌni oʊˈkɔr tɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The neocortex, on the outer surface of the brain, mediates conscious thought and stores long-term memories.
  • In fact, the limbic system as well as the neocortex remains largely undeveloped.
  • Mushroom bodies are the insect equivalent of the human neocortex, the outer layer of our brain, which handles complex cognition.
  • The signals then spread to the neocortex, which is thought to give rise to conscious thought.
neocortex in Medicine

neocortex ne·o·cor·tex (nē'ō-kôr'těks')
See isocortex.

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