neo·​cor·​ti·​cal | \ ˌnē-ō-ˈkȯr-ti-kəl How to pronounce neocortical (audio) \

Definition of neocortical

: of or relating to the neocortex

Examples of neocortical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of neocortical

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neocortical

neo- + cortical, after neocortex

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“Neocortical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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neo·​cor·​ti·​cal | \ -ˈkȯrt-i-kəl How to pronounce neocortical (audio) \

Medical Definition of neocortical

: of or relating to the neocortex


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