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

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

Examples of neural in a Sentence

She suffers from a neural disorder.
Recent Examples on the Web In a pioneering study in 2011, researchers measured neural activation during a stress-inducing task. Andrea Mechelli, Quartz, "City living might be making you anxious—but it doesn’t have to," 26 Dec. 2019 Somebody has to figure out how to spread a neural net over hundreds, sometimes thousands of individual chips. Fortune, "Startup Cerebras Unveils a Speedy—and Small—Supercomputer," 19 Nov. 2019 What if the most important neural signals in disease come not from the brain but from the peripheral nerves?, "Those are among the questions that researchers at a new Cambridge biotech are exploring. The startup, Cygnal Therapeutics, is officially emerging from “stealth mode” on Tuesday, two years after it was founded by Flagship Pioneering, the venture capital firm in the same city.," 8 Oct. 2019 In addition, a fractional anisotropy allowed researchers to estimate how well neural signals were being carried by white matter brain tissue. Fox News, "Routine football collisions could damage players' brains, researchers say," 13 Aug. 2019 When people listen to speech, their ears translate the sound waves into neural signals that are then processed and interpreted by various parts of the brain, starting with the auditory cortex. Quanta Magazine, "How Brain Waves Surf Sound Waves to Process Speech," 22 May 2018 There now exists, for example, a neural net devoted explicitly to the task of identifying neural net disinformation campaigns on Twitter. Popular Mechanics, "The Bot Decade: How AI Took Over Our Lives in the 2010s," 9 Dec. 2019 One type of cell showed lower levels of neural activity. Quanta Magazine, "How Microbiomes Affect Fear," 4 Dec. 2019 The full chipset contains a CPU, GPU, neural engine and plenty of improvements for machine learning. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "iPhone 11: The CNN Underscored user guide," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of neural was circa 1847

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19 Jan 2020

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“Neural.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of neural

medical : of, relating to, or involving a nerve or the nervous system


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 neurally (audio) \ adverb

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