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.

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Some even are looking beyond drugs, testing if electrical zaps in the brain, along a corridor of neural connections, might activate it in ways that slow Alzheimer’s damage. Washington Post, "Scientists rethink Alzheimer’s, diversifying the drug search," 10 Sep. 2019 What Neuralink is bringing to the table Elon Musk founded Neuralink in 2017, aiming to address these challenges and raise the bar for implanted neural interfaces. Jennifer Collinger, The Conversation, "Brain-machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink’s new brain implant pushes the pace," 19 July 2019 These kids are enrolled in research aimed at mapping the brain’s neural connections. Quanta Magazine, "‘Functional Fingerprint’ May Identify Brains Over a Lifetime," 16 Aug. 2018 By probing the neural connections between the rodents’ brains and their skeletons, the team discovered how osteocalcin unleashes fight-or-flight mode. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Hormone secreted by bones may help us escape danger," 12 Sep. 2019 The brain’s neural connections are like an incredibly complex road map., "Marijuana makes your brain more plasticky, and that’s a good thing," 22 Aug. 2019 But they could also be misused by corporations and governments, with neural data being accessed and shared. Dominic Rech, CNN, "Brain implants could give governments and companies power to read your mind, scientists warn," 10 Sep. 2019 Advanced software, running on powerful neural engines, can now do everything from fixing blemishes and closed eyes on the fly to applying depth-of-field affects to live video to stitching together several images for the best possible composite. Wired, "What to Expect From Apple’s Fall Hardware Extravaganza," 6 Sep. 2019 Hoping to shed new light into dogs’ neural functions, the research team looked at MRIs from 62 dogs belonging to 33 different breeds. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Dog Breeding Has Changed Pooches’ Brains," 4 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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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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