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

Examples of neural in a Sentence

She suffers from a neural disorder.

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The neural degeneration progressively reduces the ability of patients to move and control their muscles, including the ability to swallow. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Ionis drug for Huntington's disease shows early signs of effectiveness," 2 Mar. 2018 Therapies are starting to target not only inflammation, but are also repairing neural cells. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Multiple sclerosis comes in many faces," 4 Apr. 2018 Over time, the neural systems that support fear and defensive reactions become stronger, making these responses a child’s default. WSJ, "As Border Separations Drag, Kids Internalize the Dread," 13 July 2018 This hardware is paired with Tesla’s vision and neural net system, which enable vehicles in the company’s fleet to continuously learn and improve, based on software trained from the billions of miles of road data that are collected by its vehicles. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla will start rolling out its ‘full self-driving’ package in August, Elon Musk says," 11 June 2018 More than 400,000 Americans are afflicted with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that disrupts the brain’s neural signals to the body. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "Beating B-Cells for MS," 1 Feb. 2018 One compared the brain scans of clients exhibiting DID with those of actors simulating this condition, which yielded two vastly different measures of neural activity. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Emotional trauma can lead to dissociative identity disorder," 3 July 2018 Other experiments are also pushing the field’s understanding of how the brain works, thanks to sharper reads on neural activity. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "The Quest to Decode the Brain," 15 June 2018 But one week later, neural patterns during this recall task had become more similar for objects paired with the same scene. Helen Shen, Scientific American, "Portrait of a Memory," 14 Mar. 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

Other Words from neural

neurally \-ə-lē \ adverb

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