neocortex

noun
neo·​cor·​tex | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈkȯr-ˌteks How to pronounce neocortex (audio) \

Definition of neocortex

: the large 6-layered dorsal region of the cerebral cortex that is unique to mammals broadly : the mammalian cerebral cortex

Examples of neocortex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An example of this filtering is evident in the structure of the neocortex. Ginny Whitelaw, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Of particular interest were certain pyramidal neurons in the brain’s neocortex, which are thought to be anatomically suited to predictive processing. Quanta Magazine, 15 Nov. 2021 The muscle to build is to stay in the neocortex, which is the conscious thinking brain. Dede Henley, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 As evolution continued, higher mammals came on the scene with a new brain component called the neocortex. Luis E. Romero, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Grant, who was not involved in the project, explained that the structure of the sample was probably representative of the brain's entire neocortex. NBC News, 15 June 2021 Dunbar discovered a remarkably stable ratio across all species of primates between the size of their neocortex and their social group: the larger the brain, the larger the community. Arkansas Online, 6 June 2021 Without consciousness, the neocortex becomes just a set of extremely powerful tools to amplify greed and the quest for dominance. Luis E. Romero, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 In humans, the neocortex is larger than in apes, giving us the skills and intelligence that are unique to us. Luis E. Romero, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of neocortex

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neocortex

borrowed from German Neocortex, from neo- neo- + Cortex cortex; from its being the cortex of the phylogenetically most recently developed part of the brain

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The first known use of neocortex was in 1909

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7 Jan 2022

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“Neocortex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neocortex. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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neocortex

noun
neo·​cor·​tex | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈkȯr-ˌteks How to pronounce neocortex (audio) \
plural neocortices\ -​ˈkȯrt-​ə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce neocortex (audio) \ or neocortexes

Medical 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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