- Anatomy, Zoology. of or relating to the cerebrum or the brain.
- betraying or characterized by the use of the intellect rather than intuition or instinct: His is a cerebral music that leaves many people cold.
- Phonetics. retroflex(def 2).
- Phonetics. a cerebral sound.
Origin of cerebral
Related Words for cerebralanalytical, intelligent, intellectual, brainy, deep, erudite, recondite, scholarly, smart
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Contemporary Examples of cerebral
The cerebral McLaughlin, who also served as acting director of Central Intelligence, was hardly reassuring on the “what now?”Indefensible but Indispensable America
December 12, 2014
In fact, the estrogen that they employed did worse than castrate the subject—it could act as a cerebral depressant.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
Ross has cerebral palsy, and the Pathways to Careers initiative of SourceAmerica helped him get his position.Hiring People With Disabilities Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It’s Good for Business
October 27, 2014
Honor called the move “ballsy” and his friend shot back, “Cerebral ballsy!”Craziest SXSW Band Names: Perfect Pussy, Death By Unga Bunga, and More
March 8, 2014
Belfort, not knowing they were time-release ludes, pops loads of them, and when they kick in, he enters “cerebral palsy” mode.Why Leonardo DiCaprio, Who Wows in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ Deserves to (Finally) Win An Oscar
February 17, 2014
Historical Examples of cerebral
Wherefore it was covered by a peel or skin which met and grew by the help of the cerebral humour.Timaeus
Was not the epoch of such "freedom" also that of cerebral neurasthenia?Spontaneous Activity in Education
The rectification of cerebral science is to me a demonstration.L.
The end of cerebral tuberculosis has been death before this.
See Cerebral mechanism Cosmogony and genesis of matter, 188.Creative Evolution
- of or relating to the cerebrum or to the entire brain
- involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
- phonetics another word for cacuminal
- phonetics a consonant articulated in the manner of a cacuminal consonant
Word Origin and History for cerebral
1816, "pertaining to the brain," from French cérébral (16c.), from Latin cerebrum "the brain" (also "the understanding"), from PIE *keres-, from root *ker- "top of the head" (see horn (n.)). Meaning "intellectual, clever" is from 1929. Cerebral palsy attested from 1824, originally a general term for cases of paralysis that seemed to be traceable to "a morbid state of the encephalon." Later used in a more specific sense from c.1860, based on the work of English surgeon Dr. William Little.
- Of or relating to the brain or cerebrum.
- Relating to or involving the brain or cerebrum.