cerebral

adjective
ce·​re·​bral | \ sə-ˈrē-brəl How to pronounce cerebral (audio) , ˈser-ə- How to pronounce cerebral (audio) , ˈse-rə- \

Definition of cerebral

1a : of or relating to the brain or the intellect
b : of, relating to, affecting, or being the cerebrum cerebral edema cerebral arteries
2a : appealing to intellectual appreciation cerebral drama
b : primarily intellectual in nature a cerebral society books for cerebral readers

Other Words from cerebral

cerebrally \ sə-​ˈrē-​brə-​lē How to pronounce cerebral (audio) , ˈser-​ə-​ , ˈse-​rə-​ \ adverb

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Cerebral comes from Latin cerebrum—a word meaning "brain." Another brainy word is cerebrate, "to use the mind" or "to think."

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 on the Web The condition can be particularly dangerous if the blood clot affects the brain, such as in cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), which is a rare but life-threatening type of stroke that prevents blood from draining out of the brain. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022 Ford died of a cerebral hemorrhage at his Fair Lane estate in Dearborn during the River Rouge flood of 1947, said Mason Christensen, an archivist with the Dearborn Historical Museum. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 7 Apr. 2022 David Hume Kennerly, his friend and a fellow photographer, said the cause was a cerebral hemorrhage. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Her husband Russ died of a cerebral hemorrhage after 25 years together. Barbara Jacobs, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Movies about writers are notoriously difficult, since the central action of the protagonist is largely cerebral. David Henry Hwang, Variety, 22 Dec. 2021 Sorkin’s humor is cerebral, all caustic wit and clever asides. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2021 The visual aspect allows the message to hit the reader more viscerally than a standard opinion column, which might be more cerebral. oregonlive, 18 Dec. 2021 Traditionally, indica strains have had a reputation for creating a more full-body, relaxing effect, whereas sativa strains are reputed to be more cerebral and energizing. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cerebral

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for cerebral

French cérébral, from Latin cerebrum brain; akin to Old High German hirni brain, Greek kara head, keras horn, Sanskrit śiras head — more at horn

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“Cerebral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerebral. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for cerebral

cerebral

adjective
ce·​re·​bral | \ sə-ˈrē-brəl How to pronounce cerebral (audio) , ˈser-ə-brəl \

Kids Definition of cerebral

1 : of or relating to the brain or mind
2 : of, relating to, or affecting the cerebrum

cerebral

adjective
ce·​re·​bral | \ sə-ˈrē-brəl How to pronounce cerebral (audio) , ˈser-ə- How to pronounce cerebral (audio) \

Medical Definition of cerebral

1 : of or relating to the brain or the intellect
2 : of, relating to, affecting, or being the cerebrum cerebral blood flow cerebral toxoplasmosis

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