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[noo r-uh l, nyoo r-] /ˈnʊər əl, ˈnyʊər-/
of or relating to a nerve or the nervous system.
1830-40; neur- + -al1
Related forms
neurally, adverb
interneural, adjective
nonneural, adjective
postneural, adjective
preneural, adjective
subneural, adjective
unneural, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for neural
  • The drug caused plaques to be removed from much of the neural tissue.
  • Some experiments seem to suggest that, by mental effort, people can change their neural patterns.
  • Our imagination is built, layer by layer, upon a foundation of neural connectivity that extends throughout our physical bodies.
  • If a lesion knocks out one ability but leaves another intact, it is evidence that they are wired into different neural circuits.
  • neural-network research may also help scientists better understand what causes neural disorders.
  • According to the textbooks, transduction within the skin is transforming physical energy to neural energy.
  • Something about the environments of both species favored the evolution of tool-making neural powers.
  • It's as if the neural pathways flow in both directions, and the expression can trigger fear as well as be triggered by it.
  • There are more than four types of neural codes those receptors can send to the brain.
  • Somewhere along the way, my brain's neural circuitry had been overloaded.
British Dictionary definitions for neural


of or relating to a nerve or the nervous system
Derived Forms
neurally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for neural

"pertaining to a nerve or nerves," 1830, from Greek neuron "nerve" (see neuro-) + adjectival suffix -al (1). Related: Neurally.

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neural in Medicine

neural neu·ral (nur'əl, nyur'-)

  1. Of or relating to a nerve or the nervous system.

  2. Of, relating to, or located on the same side of the body as the spinal cord; dorsal.

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neural in Science
Relating to the nerves or nervous system.
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