Cerebral



Anatomy, Zoology. of or relating to the cerebrum or the brain.
betraying or characterized by the use of the intellect rather than intuition or instinct:
His is a cerebral music that leaves many people cold.
Phonetics. retroflex (def 2).
Phonetics. a cerebral sound.
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adjective
of or relating to the cerebrum or to the entire brain
involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
(phonetics) another word for cacuminal
noun
(phonetics) a consonant articulated in the manner of a cacuminal consonant
adj.

1816, “pertaining to the brain,” from French cérébral (16c.), from Latin cerebrum “the brain” (also “the understanding”), from PIE *keres-, from root *ker- “top of the head” (see horn (n.)). Meaning “intellectual, clever” is from 1929. Cerebral palsy attested from 1824, originally a general term for cases of paralysis that seemed to be traceable to “a morbid state of the encephalon.” Later used in a more specific sense from c.1860, based on the work of English surgeon Dr. William Little.

cerebral cer·e·bral (sěr’ə-brəl, sə-rē’-)
adj.
Of or relating to the brain or cerebrum.
cerebral
(sěr’ə-brəl, sə-rē’brəl)
Relating to or involving the brain or cerebrum.
cerebral [(suh-ree-bruhl, ser-uh-bruhl)]

A descriptive term for things pertaining to the brain or cerebrum.

Note: The term is also used figuratively to describe things that appeal to the intellect.

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