cerebral cortex


Definition of cerebral cortex

: the convoluted surface layer of gray matter of the cerebrum that functions chiefly in coordination of sensory and motor information — compare neocortex

Examples of cerebral cortex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The likely imminent overturn of Roe vs. Wade by the U.S. Supreme Court is occupying my cerebral cortex and my waking hours (which seem to come, more frequently, at midnight). Carolina A. Mirandacolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Guenther: These equations describe neural activity in different parts of the brain including the basal ganglia, cerebellum, and the cerebral cortex. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 13 Apr. 2022 After all, fish don’t have a cerebral cortex, which helps other animals perform complex tasks. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2022 When recalling memories, the thalamus — a small structure within the brain between the cerebral cortex and the midbrain — is activated. Ebony Williams, ajc, 14 Apr. 2022 The thalamus, often described as the relay station of the brain, is responsible for passing along sensory information and motor signals to the cerebral cortex. Lauren Kent, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 The first is a presymptomatic phase of 15 to 25 years during which amyloid builds up in the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outermost layer, in the absence of cognitive symptoms. Jason Ulrich, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2021 Studies show that play improves memory and stimulates the growth of the cerebral cortex. Heather Wishart-smith, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 One study found differences in cerebral cortex size may account for up to 44 percent of the achievement gap between high- and low-income adolescents. New York Times, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cerebral cortex

1853, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Cerebral cortex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerebral%20cortex. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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cerebral cortex


Medical Definition of cerebral cortex

: the convoluted surface layer of gray matter of the cerebrum that functions chiefly in coordination of sensory and motor information

called also pallium

— see neocortex

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