adjectiveBiology & Psychology
Relating to an animal that has had the cortex of the brain removed or separated.
- The terminal illness is characterised by deep coma and decerebrate or decorticate posturing.
- She was found to have a reduced level of consciousness, posturing consistent with a decorticate state, and unequal pupils.
- The patient's condition continued to deteriorate, with decorticate posturing to painful stimuli.
Early 17th century: from Latin decorticat- 'stripped of its bark', from the verb decorticare, from de- (expressing removal) + cortex, cortic- 'bark'.
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