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 cerebellum (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

Other Words from cerebellum

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

Examples of cerebellum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Poppie, a German shepherd/Chow Chow mix, suffers from Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), which means her cerebellum is underdeveloped, a condition that affects her mobility. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 15 Dec. 2021 Sarge, short for Sargenta, has cerebellar hypoplasia, a developmental condition where the cerebellum fails to develop properly — that's the part of the brain that controls motor skills, balance, and coordination. Michelle Boudin, PEOPLE.com, 13 Dec. 2021 The Honorable Surry County Ambassador Karen Huger imitating Gordon licking his lips at her is SEARED into my cerebellum. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 24 Oct. 2021 Cerebellar ataxia, a rare genetic disease that causes the brain’s cerebellum to shrink, affecting muscle movement, coordination and balance, particularly in the arms and legs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 That’s just a matter of empirical fact; the cerebellum doesn’t seem much involved. Quanta Magazine, 30 Sep. 2021 Dandy-Walker syndrome, a rare condition, affects the cerebellum in the brain, according to studies. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 And this is more of a content note, but that’s not where the cerebellum is—you’ll want to go down a little bit (at least according to your drawing of me). Broti Gupta, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2021 He was rushed to the hospital where a CT scan showed a clot in his neck that had moved to the back of his head near his cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance and movement. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerebellum. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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cerebellum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cerebellum

: 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 cerebellum (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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