Definition of cerebral
1a : of or relating to the brain or the intellectb : of, relating to, affecting, or being the cerebrum cerebral edema cerebral arteries
2a : appealing to intellectual appreciation cerebral dramab : primarily intellectual in nature a cerebral society books for cerebral readers
cerebrallyplay \-brə-lē\ adverb
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Examples of cerebral in a Sentence
He's a very cerebral comedian.
a very cerebral jurist who has given much thought to what makes our nation's constitution work
Recent Examples of cerebral from the Web
Nett, 38, who has cerebral palsy, benefits from a Medicaid waiver, and the proposed health care plan would reduce it, drastically affecting his care, his caretaker Sarah Mack said.
This weekend in New York, at the convention for the Society of American Baseball Research, Bouton went public about his brain disease: cerebral amyloid angiopathy, which is linked to dementia.
Senderens was regarded by his peers as a visionary and a cerebral chef who helped open the way to new approaches to gastronomy.
The fancy term for this is cerebral hypoperfusion — the defining characteristic of fainting (a.k.a.
The cerebral 40-year-old begins his second season at LSU after three with Wisconsin as the highest paid assistant coach in college football at $1.8 million this year.
One of them had Hurler Syndrome, which required the use of a tracheotomy tube, while the other two had cerebral palsy and conditions that affected their breathing, the magistrate wrote.
True, Jarry wasn't in the business of finely honed cerebral satire.
Andrew and his twin brother William, who are 13, both were diagnosed with cerebral palsy early in life.
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Did You Know?
English borrowed its word cerebrum directly from the Latin word for "brain," but the adjective cerebral took a slightly more circuitous route into our language, reaching English by way of French cerebral. Cerebrum has been used in our language as a name for the brain since the early 1600s, though the more specific scientific sense, referring just to the large upper part of the brain, didn't develop until later. Cerebral has been appearing in print in English since at least 1816. Other brainy descendants of cerebrum in English include cerebellum (the part of the brain between the brain stem and the back of the cerebrum) and cerebrate, which arrived in English in 1915 with the meaning "to use the mind" or "to think."
CEREBRAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cerebral for English Language Learners
medical : of or relating to the brain
: related to the mind rather than to feelings : intellectual and not emotional
CEREBRAL Defined for Kids
Definition of cerebral for Students
1 : of or relating to the brain or mind
2 : of, relating to, or affecting the cerebrum
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