[ ser-uh-bel-uhm ]
/ ˌsɛr əˈbɛl əm /
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noun, plural cer·e·bel·lums, cer·e·bel·la [ser-uh-bel-uh]. /ˌsɛr əˈbɛl ə/. Anatomy, Zoology.
a large portion of the brain, serving to coordinate voluntary movements, posture, and balance in humans, being in back of and below the cerebrum and consisting of two lateral lobes and a central lobe.
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Origin of cerebellum
OTHER WORDS FROM cerebellum
cer·e·bel·lar, adjectivepost·cer·e·bel·lar, adjectivepre·cer·e·bel·lar, adjectivesub·cer·e·bel·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cerebellum
/ (ˌsɛrɪˈbɛləm) /
noun plural -lums or -la (-lə)
one of the major divisions of the vertebrate brain, situated in man above the medulla oblongata and beneath the cerebrum, whose function is coordination of voluntary movements and maintenance of bodily equilibrium
Derived forms of cerebellumcerebellar, adjective
Word Origin for cerebellum
C16: from Latin, diminutive of cerebrum
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Scientific definitions for cerebellum
[ sĕr′ə-bĕl′əm ]
Plural cerebellums cerebella
The part of the vertebrate brain that is located below the cerebrum at the rear of the skull and that coordinates balance and muscle activity. In mammals, the cerebellum is made up of two connecting hemispheres that consist of a core of white matter surrounded by gray matter.
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Cultural definitions for cerebellum
[ (ser-uh-bel-uhm) ]
The part of the brain that helps control muscle coordination.
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