Definition of cerebral in English:

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cerebral

Pronunciation: /səˈrēbrəl/
Pronunciation: /ˈserəbrəl/

adjective

1Of the cerebrum of the brain: a cerebral hemorrhage the cerebral cortex
More example sentences
  • 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: photography is a cerebral process
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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.
Synonyms
intellectual, academic, rational, logical, analytical, scholarly;
bookish, brainy
2 Phonetics another term for retroflex.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

cerebrally

adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ce·re·bral

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