Cerebral edema: Accumulation of excessive fluid in the substance of the brain. The brain is especially susceptible to injury from edema, because it is located within a confined space and cannot expand.
Also known as brain edema, brain swelling, swelling of the brain, and wet brain.
- Cerebral fornix
Cerebral fornix: An arching fibrous band in the brain that connects the two lobes of the cerebrum. There are two such bands, each of which is an arched tract of nerves.
- Cerebral hemispheres
Cerebral hemispheres: The two halves of the cerebrum, the largest part of the brain.
- Cerebral herniation
Cerebral herniation: The abnormal protrusion of brain tissue through an opening when there is increased intracranial pressure (when the brain is under increased pressure). The increased pressure may be due to a number of causes including inflammation of the brain (as in meningitis), a tumor, hemorrhage, and edema (swelling of the brain). The tonsils of […]
- Cerebral hypoxia Medical Definition
Cerebral hypoxia: a decrease in the amount of oxygen delivered to the brain. This can be due to a decreased amount of oxygen in the blood, a decrease in the pumping power of the heart, or any type of obstruction to blood flow. In mild cases, cerebral hypoxia causes poor judgment, inattentiveness, and problems with […]
- Cerebral palsy
spastic, choreoathetoid, and hypotonic (flaccid). In spastic CP, there is an abnormality of muscle tone in which one or more extremities (arms or legs) are held in a rigid posture. Choreoathetoid CP is associated with abnormal, uncontrollable writhing movements of the arms and/or legs. A child with hypotonic CP appears floppy’like a rag doll. Treatment […]