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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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 Letter by letter, the neural net, learning from its corpus, would eke out a new sentence. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reading Roald Dahl’s Matilda as a queer classic," 6 Oct. 2018 But much more remains to be done: due diligence on safety, the improvement of algorithms that can approximate neural activity, and, in many cases, knowing what needs to be fixed in the first place. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 The device, which had 16 of such optical sensors, doesn’t measure neural activity directly. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Brain Scans Can Detect Who Has Better Skills," 3 Oct. 2018 Your job is to stay neural and make fun of everyone. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: The accusers' last act," 26 Sep. 2018 Importantly, the prodromal state does not appear to be a strange attractor—neural activity becomes periodic and predictable, rather than wandering across a surface of possible states. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Oscillating brain goes regular before migraine pain hits," 15 Aug. 2018 The study looked at neural links in the brain in 1,017 participants who also took part in the Human Connectome Project. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "Study Finds Links in Brain Between Sleep and Depression," 30 July 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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