Definition of cerebral in English:


Line breaks: cere|bral
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛrɪbr(ə)l
, səˈriːbr(ə)l/


  • 1Of the cerebrum of the brain: a cerebral haemorrhage the cerebral cortex
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    • These patients experienced major gains in cerebral, motor, brain stem/cranial nerve, cerebellar and/or sensory function.
    • The voluntary muscles are regulated by the parts of the brain known as the cerebral motor cortex and the cerebellum.
    • Tumor invaded the parenchyma in multiple cerebral and brain stem sections.
  • 1.1Intellectual rather than emotional or physical: she excelled in cerebral pursuits
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    • To her learning is a process that draws on emotional, cerebral and physical faculties.
    • At least I have chosen to parade all things cerebral rather than physical about myself, and - believe me - it's better for all of us that way.
    • Not necessarily physical action, but cerebral and emotional action.
  • 2 Phonetics another term for retroflex.
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    • I shall mark these cerebral consonants with a dot under them.
    • Owing to printer's difficulties the cerebral consonants, the visarga, the sonant r and the anusvara have remained unmarked.
    • Wikner lumps the cerebral and dental consonants together, since the sounds are difficult for the Westerner to distinguish.



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  • A speech doesn't work cerebrally, at least not at first.
  • Waterford's new exciting theatre company combines a mixture of traditional, avant-garde and street influences to create a visually and cerebrally entertaining performance.
  • NOT content with pottering in the garden, or sitting back with his pipe, cardy and slippers, Wayne Gould took up a somewhat more cerebrally challenging retirement hobby than most.


early 19th century: from Latin cerebrum 'brain' + -al.

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