neo·​cor·​ti·​cal ˌnē-ō-ˈkȯr-ti-kəl How to pronounce neocortical (audio)
: of or relating to the neocortex

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And the neocortical column is the elementary processor for human beings to have coherent perception, attention, and memory. David Kushner, Discover Magazine, 4 Dec. 2014 These patients respond to threats but do not report awareness of the threat stimulus or conscious feelings of fear; self-report of conscious feelings in such patients correlates with neocortical activity. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 All available evidence implicates neocortical tissue in generating feelings. Christof Koch, Scientific American, 8 May 2018 Of the 1,200 neocortical genes that Panksepp looked at in one rat experiment, about one third of them showed significant changes in activity after just a half-hour of play. Siobhan O’connor, Time, 6 Sep. 2017

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Word History


neo- + cortical, after neocortex

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neocortical was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Neocortical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


neo·​cor·​ti·​cal -ˈkȯrt-i-kəl How to pronounce neocortical (audio)
: of or relating to the neocortex
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