decerebrate

adjective
de·​cer·​e·​brate | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈser-ə-brət How to pronounce decerebrate (audio) , -ˌbrāt How to pronounce decerebrate (audio) \

Definition of decerebrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : caused by or as if by elimination of cerebral brain function : characteristic of decerebration decerebrate rigidity
2 : having the cerebrum removed or made inactive decerebrate lab animals

decerebrate

verb
de·​cer·​e·​brate | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈser-ə-ˌbrāt How to pronounce decerebrate (audio) \
decerebrated; decerebrating; decerebrates

Definition of decerebrate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to remove the cerebrum from also : to make incapable of cerebral activity

Other Words from decerebrate

Verb

decerebration \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌser-​ə-​ˈbrā-​shən How to pronounce decerebrate (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of decerebrate

Adjective

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decerebrate was in 1897

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“Decerebrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decerebrate. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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decerebrate

adjective
de·​cer·​e·​brate | \ (ˈ)dē-ˈser-ə-brət How to pronounce decerebrate (audio) , -ˌbrāt; ˌdē-sə-ˈrē-brət How to pronounce decerebrate (audio) \

Medical Definition of decerebrate

1 : having the cerebrum removed or made inactive decerebrate rats
2 : characteristic of decerebration decerebrate rigidity

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