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-
: 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 adjective

Examples of cerebellum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cerebellar disorders, related to the cerebellum, affect coordination and balance, Central neurological disorders affect the brain or spinal cord. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 10 July 2024 Its deep-brain imaging extends to the brain stem and cerebellum, areas crucial for healthy mental and physiological functioning that are difficult to study with conventional MRI at lower magnetic field strengths. Matthew D. Sacchet, Scientific American, 25 June 2024 The model was diagnosed with a large medulloblastoma — a type of malignant tumor — in her cerebellum in October 2023. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 20 June 2024 This declaration matches the experimental evidence Koch presents in Chapter 6: Injuries to the cerebellum do not eliminate a person’s awareness of themselves in relation to the outside world. Lindsey Laughlin, Ars Technica, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for cerebellum 

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Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin, from Latin, diminutive of cerebrum

First Known Use

1543, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cerebellum was in 1543

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Cite this Entry

“Cerebellum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerebellum. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

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)
: a large portion of the back part of the brain that is concerned especially with the action of groups of muscles and with bodily balance

Medical Definition

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)
: 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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