cerebellum

noun
cer·​e·​bel·​lum | \ ˌser-ə-ˈbe-ləm How to pronounce cerebellum (audio) , ˌse-rə-\
plural cerebellums or cerebella\ ˌser-​ə-​ˈbe-​lə How to pronounce cerebella (audio) , ˌse-​rə-​ \

Definition of cerebellum

: a large dorsally projecting part of the brain concerned especially with the coordination of muscles and the maintenance of bodily equilibrium, situated between the brain stem and the back of the cerebrum, and formed in humans of two lateral lobes and a median lobe — see brain illustration

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Other Words from cerebellum

cerebellar \ ˌser-​ə-​ˈbe-​lər How to pronounce cerebellar (audio) , ˌse-​rə-​ \ adjective

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Voytek suggests lumbering is akin to a kind of ataxia, which can happen if the cerebellum, which controls movement, is severely damaged. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "'Game of Thrones' Science: How Do Wights Work?," 26 Apr. 2019 The cerebellum, incidentally, might explain the signature slowness zombies are known for. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "'Game of Thrones' Science: How Do Wights Work?," 26 Apr. 2019 Moreover, the cerebellum is functionally divided into hundreds or more independent computational modules. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 Because the compartment where the cerebellum sits is very small, bleeding here can be dangerous. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Montel Williams Describes His Life-Threatening Stroke: 'I Didn’t Think That I Was Going to Recover From This.'," 12 Oct. 2018 The researchers focused their efforts on the prefrontal cortex, temporal cortex, and cerebellum, as these regions have been implicated in susceptibility to ASD. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Autism involves a large-scale reduction in RNA editing," 21 Dec. 2018 My hunch was that Alana was in the middle of a vestibular migraine, a variant where the brain’s electrical waves propagate through the cerebellum, the brain’s balance center. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 Studies in both animals and humans showed that CGRP and its receptors are found in brain structures such as the hypothalamus and cerebellum, which were long thought to play a role in generating migraine attacks. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, "Can Anything Stop My Migraine?," 1 May 2017 And because music is also processed in part in a core part of the brain called the cerebellum, doctors say patients can retain the ability to dance and sing long after ability to talk has diminished. Robert Mccoppin, courant.com, "Music Can Call Back Loved Ones Lost In Alzheimer's Darkness," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of cerebellum

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cerebellum

Medieval Latin, from Latin, diminutive of cerebrum

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cerebellum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cerebellum

medical : the back part of the brain that controls balance and the use of muscles

cerebellum

noun
cer·​e·​bel·​lum | \ ˌser-ə-ˈbe-ləm How to pronounce cerebellum (audio) \
plural cerebellums or cerebella\ -​ˈbe-​lə \

Kids Definition of cerebellum

: the lower back part of the brain whose chief functions are controlling the coordination of muscles and keeping the body in proper balance

cerebellum

noun
cer·​e·​bel·​lum | \ ˌser-ə-ˈbel-əm How to pronounce cerebellum (audio) \
plural cerebellums or cerebella\ -​ˈbel-​ə How to pronounce cerebella (audio) \

Medical Definition of cerebellum

: a large dorsally projecting part of the brain concerned especially with the coordination of muscles and the maintenance of bodily equilibrium, situated between the brain stem and the back of the cerebrum and formed in humans of two lateral lobes and a median lobe

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