neu·​ral | \ ˈnu̇r-əl , 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 , ˈnyu̇r-​ \ adverb

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She suffers from a neural disorder.

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There are also lots of people working on more present-day AI ethics problems: algorithmic bias, robustness of modern machine-learning algorithms to small changes, and transparency and interpretability of neural nets, to name just a few. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity," 21 Dec. 2018 As the neural cells released more dopamine, the rate at which other cells absorbed glucose from the rodents’ blood picked up. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Could deep brain stimulation help zap diabetes?," 23 May 2018 An fMRI scan detects changes in blood flow that are assumed to be linked to neural activity. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Superslow Brain Waves May Play a Critical Role in Consciousness," 23 May 2018 Researchers like Shah believe that as the brain metabolizes the ketamine, new neural pathways are created that help restore function obliterated by depression. Alice Levitt, Vox, "I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief.," 24 July 2018 This allows nerve reflexes to travel along the Cardi B neural pathway to the Wiz Kalifa 30 percent faster, saving time and saving lives. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Sacha Baron Cohen tricks gun-rights advocates, politicians in first preview of new show 'Who Is America?'," 15 July 2018 For one thing, this data is only valuable as training information for neural nets once it has been properly annotated. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk promises big new Tesla Autopilot upgrade, but is it legal?," 10 Dec. 2018 Given how the recent tsunami in Indonesia was compounded by faulty emergency warning systems, the sooner the neural net is up and running the better. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Give Lightspeed Warning of Incoming Earthquakes and Tsunamis," 15 Oct. 2018 The image signal processor and neural engine come together for an improved Portrait mode that can distinguish between hair and background better than ever before. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Apple Event 2018 Live Blog: iPhone Updates, Announcements, and More," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of neural

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


neu·​ral | \ ˈn(y)u̇r-əl \

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

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neurally \ -​ə-​lē \ adverb

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