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[verb dee-ser-uh-breyt; noun dee-ser-uh-breyt, -brit] /verb diˈsɛr əˌbreɪt; noun diˈsɛr əˌbreɪt, -brɪt/
verb (used with object), decerebrated, decerebrating.
Surgery. to remove the cerebrum.
a decerebrated animal.
a person who, because of brain injury, exhibits behavior characteristic of a decerebrated animal.
Origin of decerebrate
First recorded in 1895-1900; de- + cerebr- + -ate1
Related forms
decerebration, noun Unabridged
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verb (diːˈsɛrɪˌbreɪt)
(transitive) to remove the brain or a large section of the brain or to cut the spinal cord at the level of the brain stem of (a person or animal)
noun (diːˈsɛrɪbrɪt)
a decerebrated individual
Derived Forms
decerebration, noun
Word Origin
C19: from de- + cerebro- + -ate1
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decerebrate in Medicine

decerebrate de·cer·e·brate (dē-sěr'ə-brāt', -brĭt)
Of, relating to, or characteristic of an individual who has suffered a brain injury that results in neurological function comparable to that resulting from decerebration of an animal. v. de·cer·e·brat·ed, de·cer·e·brat·ing, de·cer·e·brates (-brāt')
To eliminate cerebral brain function in an animal by decerebration.

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