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brain British & World English

An organ of soft nervous tissue contained in the skull of vertebrates, functioning as the coordinating centre of sensation and intellectual and nervous activity

Brain, Dennis British & World English

(1921–57), English French-horn player. His mastery of the instrument’s entire range inspired many composers, including Benjamin Britten and Paul Hindemith, to write works for him

pick someone's brains British & World English

Obtain information by questioning someone who is better informed about a subject than oneself

rack one's brains British & World English

Make a great effort to think of or remember something

pea-brain British & World English

A stupid person

brain candy British & World English

Popular entertainment that is not intellectually stimulating

brain cell British & World English

A cell in the tissue of the brain

brain coral British & World English

A compact coral with a convoluted surface resembling that of the brain

brain cramp British & World English

A moment in which one fails to think clearly or act sensibly

brain-dead British & World English

Having suffered brain death

brain death British & World English

Irreversible brain damage causing the end of independent respiration, regarded as indicative of death

brain drain British & World English

The emigration of highly trained or qualified people from a particular country

brain fart British & World English

A temporary mental lapse

brain fever British & World English

Inflammation of the brain

brain food British & World English

Food believed to be beneficial to the brain, especially in increasing intellectual capabilities

right brain British & World English

The right-hand side of the human brain, which is believed to be associated with creative thought and the emotions

split-brain British & World English

Having the corpus callosum severed or absent, so as to eliminate the main connection between the two hemispheres of the brain

left brain British & World English

The left-hand side of the human brain, which is believed to be associated with linear and analytical thought

brain damage British & World English

Injury to the brain that impairs its functions, especially permanently

brain fungus British & World English

A soft yellow gelatinous fungus with a lobed and folded surface, living on dead wood in both Eurasia and North America

brain-teaser British & World English

A problem or puzzle, typically one designed to be solved for amusement

feather-brain British & World English

A silly or absent-minded person

pick someone's brains in pick1 British & World English

Obtain information by questioning someone who is better informed about a subject than oneself

rack one's brains in rack1 British & World English

Make a great effort to think of or remember something

brain fingerprinting British & World English

The recording and analysis of an individual’s neurological responses to images and words flashed on a screen, especially to determine if the person is telling the truth

cudgel one's brain in cudgel British & World English

Think hard about a problem

cudgel one's brain British & World English

Think hard about a problem

blood–brain barrier British & World English

A semipermeable membrane separating the blood from the cerebrospinal fluid, and constituting a barrier to the passage of cells, particles, and large molecules

deep brain stimulation British & World English

A nonsurgical treatment to reduce tremor and to block involuntary movements in patients with motion disorders. Small electric shocks are delivered to the thalamus (especially in the treatment of multiple sclerosis) or the globus pallidus (especially in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease), rendering these parts of the brain inactive without surgically destroying them

softening of the brain British & World English

Mental deterioration, especially senile dementia, supposedly resulting from degeneration of the brain tissue

have something on the brain British & World English

Be obsessed with something

brainbox British & World English

A very clever person

brainpan British & World English

A person’s skull

midbrain British & World English

A small central part of the brainstem, developing from the middle of the primitive or embryonic brain

brainstem British & World English

The central trunk of the mammalian brain, consisting of the medulla oblongata, pons, and midbrain, and continuing downwards to form the spinal cord

brainwave British & World English

A sudden clever idea

brainwork British & World English

Mental activity; thought

birdbrain British & World English

A silly or stupid person

hindbrain British & World English

The lower part of the brainstem, comprising the cerebellum, pons, and medulla oblongata

lamebrain British & World English

A stupid person

yellow brain fungus in brain fungus British & World English

A soft yellow gelatinous fungus with a lobed and folded surface, living on dead wood in both Eurasia and North America

brainpower British & World English

Mental ability; intelligence

brain trust in brains trust British & World English

A group of experts appointed to advise a government or politician

brain-twister in brain-teaser British & World English

A problem or puzzle, typically one designed to be solved for amusement

brain English Thesaurus

the disease attacks certain cells in the brain


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