neu·​ral | \ ˈnu̇r-əl How to pronounce neural (audio) , ˈnyu̇r- \

Definition of neural

1 : of, relating to, or affecting a nerve or the nervous system
2 : situated in the region of or on the same side of the body as the brain and spinal cord : dorsal

Other Words from neural

neurally \ ˈnu̇r-​ə-​lē How to pronounce neural (audio) , ˈnyu̇r-​ \ adverb

Examples of neural in a Sentence

She suffers from a neural disorder.
Recent Examples on the Web Gordon is a neuroscientist whose own work, focused on neural activity in mice, and his appointment indicates that the federal research enterprise will double down on neuroscience and genetics. Thomas Curwenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Guenther: These equations describe neural activity in different parts of the brain including the basal ganglia, cerebellum, and the cerebral cortex. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 13 Apr. 2022 To learn more about what happens within our brains during death is essentially impossible, though, because scientists would need to observe the neural activity of healthy subjects. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 4 Apr. 2022 The man learned to hit audible target notes by increasing or decreasing his neural activity. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2022 Brain scans before and after treatment with 5-MeO-DMT and ibogaine showed changes in neural activity in regions of the brain that are associated with alcohol abuse. The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 That has implications for how neuroscientists think about the connection between neural activity and behavior more generally. Quanta Magazine, 16 Mar. 2022 The volunteers were placed in an MRI tube to monitor neural activity while their legs were moved. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 8 Feb. 2022 Researchers found that carbon dioxide stimulated neural activity in the optical areas of their brains. NBC News, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of neural

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for neural

Greek neûron "sinew, tendon, nerve" + -al entry 1 — more at nerve entry 1

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neu·​ral | \ ˈn(y)u̇r-əl How to pronounce neural (audio) \

Medical Definition of neural

1 : of, relating to, or affecting a nerve or the nervous system
2 : situated in the region of or on the same side of the body as the brain and spinal cord : dorsal — compare hemal sense 2

Other Words from neural

neurally \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce neural (audio) \ adverb

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