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 neural (audio) , ˈnyu̇r-​ \ adverb

Examples of neural in a Sentence

She suffers from a neural disorder.
Recent Examples on the Web In others, the damage to nerve-cell communication could come by way of inflammatory processes that directly tweak the functioning of our neural grids. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Curious Influence of COVID-19 on Sleep," 21 Dec. 2020 To date, one of the team’s biggest successes has been decoding the complicated neural signals to allow Copeland to control a nimble robotic arm. Washington Post, "Brain-controlled gaming exists, though ethical questions loom over the tech," 16 Dec. 2020 Maybe something doesn’t work well in the balance of their parental circuitry, in the activity of the neural population that drives parenting versus the one that drives neglect. Quanta Magazine, "Catherine Dulac Finds Brain Circuitry Behind Sex-Specific Behaviors," 14 Dec. 2020 If there is a link between smell and pregnancy loss, then the neural events that mediate this are of considerable interest. Jason Castro, Scientific American, "Does the Nose Talk to the Womb?," 8 Dec. 2020 The protocol was to merge the entire contents (copies of same of course) of two or more human minds within a single multidimensional neural net structure. Lettie Prell, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Collaborative Configurations of Minds’ by Lettie Prell," 4 Dec. 2020 By activating the neural pathways of emotions like joy and mirth, laughter can improve your mood and make your physical and emotional response to stress less intense. Janet M. Gibson, The Conversation, "Laughing is good for your mind and your body – here’s what the research shows," 23 Nov. 2020 Should patients give explicit consent for their cells to be used to create neural organoids? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Experts Fear Lab-Grown Brains Will Become Sentient, Which Is Upsetting," 28 Oct. 2020 The technique uses significantly less energy than today’s GPUs, which are one of the main computer chips used for AI systems, especially neural networks. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Smarter Cars: Auto Makers Experiment With Chips That Think Like Humans," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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30 Dec 2020

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“Neural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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 neural (audio) \ adverb

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