Definition of decerebrate in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˈserəˌbrāt/


[with object] (usually as adjective decerebrated) Biology
Remove the cerebrum from (a laboratory animal).
Example sentences
  • One of the most horrifying things I have ever witnessed was an experiment in which a cat was ‘decerebrated ‘, that is, it had all of its brain scraped out.’
  • It has been shown that decerebrated or anaesthetised animals start to chew with no other stimulation than placing some food in the mouth.
  • In decerebrated animals, rhythmic masticatory motions can also be induced by stimuli in and around the oral area.



Pronunciation: /-ˌserəˈbrāSHən/
Example sentences
  • Using anaesthetics, analgesics, or decerebration for the purposes of experiments or scientific procedures itself brings the procedure within the regulatory framework.
  • On arrival in the hospital emergency department, examination revealed signs of decerebration with dilation of both pupils.
  • After partial decerebration, the thymic cortical and medullary compartments diminished markedly in size.

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Syllabification: de·cer·e·brate

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