Definition of cerebral
- cerebral edema
- cerebral arteries
- cerebral drama
- a cerebral society
- books for cerebral readers
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He's a very cerebral comedian.
a very cerebral jurist who has given much thought to what makes our nation's constitution work
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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."
medical : of or relating to the brain
: related to the mind rather than to feelings : intellectual and not emotional
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the quality or state of being insatiable
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