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decerebrate Line breaks: de|cere|brate
Pronunciation: /diːˈsɛrɪbreɪt/

Definition of decerebrate in English:


[with object] (usually as adjective decerebrated) Biology
Remove the cerebrum from (a laboratory animal): a decerebrated frog loses the power to learn by experience
More 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.



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.

Words that rhyme with decerebrate

perpetrate • desecrate

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