1

decerebrate

play
adjective de·cer·e·brate \(ˌ)dē-ˈser-ə-brət, -ˌbrāt\

Definition of decerebrate

  1. 1 :  characteristic of decerebration <decerebrate rigidity>

  2. 2 :  having the cerebrum removed or made inactive

1897

First Known Use of decerebrate

1897


2

decerebrate

play
verb de·cer·e·brate \(ˌ)dē-ˈser-ə-ˌbrāt\

Definition of decerebrate

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to remove the cerebrum from; also :  to make incapable of cerebral activity

decerebration

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌser-ə-ˈbrā-shən\ noun

Circa 1900

First Known Use of decerebrate

circa 1900


Medical Dictionary

decerebrate

play play play
adjective de·cer·e·brate \(ˈ)dē-ˈser-ə-brət, -ˌbrāt; ˌdē-sə-ˈrē-brət\

Medical Definition of decerebrate

  1. 1:  having the cerebrum removed or made inactive <decerebrate rats>

  2. 2:  characteristic of decerebration <decerebrate rigidity>


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up decerebrate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a harsh rebuke

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ