cerebellum

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noun cer·e·bel·lum \ˌser-ə-ˈbe-ləm, ˌse-rə-\

Definition of cerebellum

plural

cerebellums

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cerebella

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  1. :  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

cerebellar

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Origin and Etymology of cerebellum

Medieval Latin, from Latin, diminutive of cerebrum


First Known Use: 1543


CEREBELLUM Defined for English Language Learners

cerebellum

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noun cer·e·bel·lum \ˌser-ə-ˈbe-ləm, ˌse-rə-\

Definition of cerebellum for English Language Learners

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


CEREBELLUM Defined for Kids

cerebellum

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noun cer·e·bel·lum \ˌser-ə-ˈbe-ləm\

Definition of cerebellum for Students

plural

cerebellums

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cerebella

\-ˈbe-lə\
  1. :  the lower back part of the brain whose chief functions are controlling the coordination of muscles and keeping the body in proper balance


Medical Dictionary

cerebellum

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noun cer·e·bel·lum \ˌser-ə-ˈbel-əm\

Medical Definition of cerebellum

plural

cerebellums

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cerebella

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  1. :  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

Illustration of cerebellum



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