Definition of neocortex
: the large 6-layered dorsal region of the cerebral cortex that is unique to mammals; broadly : the mammalian cerebral cortex
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The neocortex, a layer covering the brain, emerged in mammals two hundred million years ago and is organized as a hierarchy of modules.
Physically, the neocortex consists of six layers; CLA mimics this hierarchy.
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Origin and Etymology of neocortex
New Latin; from its being the cortex of the phylogenetically most recently developed part of the brain
First Known Use: 1909See Words from the same year
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