cerebral cortex


cerebral cortex

noun

Definition of CEREBRAL CORTEX

:  the convoluted surface layer of gray matter of the cerebrum that functions chiefly in coordination of sensory and motor information — compare neocortex

First Known Use of CEREBRAL CORTEX

1926

cerebral cortex

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CEREBRAL CORTEX

: the convoluted surface layer of gray matter of the cerebrum that functions chiefly in coordination of sensory and motor information—called also pallium; see neocortex

cerebral cortex

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Layer of gray matter that constitutes the outer layer of the cerebrum and is responsible for integrating sensory impulses and for higher intellectual functions. It is divided into four lobes, roughly defined by major surface folds; sometimes the limbic system, or limbic lobe, is considered to be a fifth lobe. The frontal lobe controls motor activity and speech, the parietal controls touch and position, and the temporal lobe handles auditory reception and memory. The occipital lobe at the back of the brain holds the brain's major visual-reception area. The limbic lobe controls smell, taste, and emotional responses.

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