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cerebral

adjective ce·re·bral \sə-ˈrē-brəl, ˈser-ə-, ˈse-rə-\

medical : of or relating to the brain

: related to the mind rather than to feelings : intellectual and not emotional

Full Definition of CEREBRAL

1
a :  of or relating to the brain or the intellect
b :  of, relating to, affecting, or being the cerebrum
2
a :  appealing to intellectual appreciation <cerebral drama>
b :  primarily intellectual in nature <a cerebral society>
ce·re·bral·ly \-brə-lē\ adverb
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Examples of CEREBRAL

  1. He's a very cerebral comedian.
  2. <a very cerebral jurist who has given much thought to what makes our nation's constitution work>

Origin of CEREBRAL

French cérébral, from Latin cerebrum brain; akin to Old High German hirni brain, Greek kara head, keras horn, Sanskrit śiras head — more at horn
First Known Use: 1816

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

Rhymes with CEREBRAL

CEREBRALLY Defined for Kids

cerebral

adjective ce·re·bral \sə-ˈrē-brəl, ˈser-ə-brəl\

Definition of CEREBRAL for Kids

1
:  of or relating to the brain or mind
2
:  of, relating to, or affecting the cerebrum
Medical Dictionary

cerebral

adjective ce·re·bral \sə-ˈrē-brəl, ˈser-ə-\

Medical Definition of CEREBRAL

1
:  of or relating to the brain or the intellect
2
:  of, relating to, affecting, or being the cerebrum <cerebral blood flow> <cerebral toxoplasmosis>

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