[ suh-ree-broh-spahyn-l, ser-uh- ]

adjectiveAnatomy, Physiology.
  1. pertaining to or affecting the brain and the spinal cord.

  2. of or relating to the central nervous system.

Origin of cerebrospinal

First recorded in 1820–30; cerebro- + spinal

Words Nearby cerebrospinal

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How to use cerebrospinal in a sentence

  • Its a fine large word, and is in my line; it has quite a learned and cerebrospinal incandescent sound.

    A Horse's Tale | Mark Twain
  • My observations seem to point to the sympathetic system arising as an off-shoot from the cerebrospinal system.

  • This disease may be mistaken at times for foreign bodies in the mouth or for the so-called cerebrospinal meningitis.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse | United States Department of Agriculture

British Dictionary definitions for cerebrospinal


/ (ˌsɛrɪbrəʊˈspaɪnəl) /

  1. of or relating to the brain and spinal cord

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