noun, plural cor·ti·ces [kawr-tuh-seez]. /ˈkɔr təˌsiz/.
- the outer region of an organ or structure, as the outer portion of the kidney.
- the cerebral cortex.
- the portion of a stem between the epidermis and the vascular tissue; bark.
- any outer layer, as rind.
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Origin of cortex
OTHER WORDS FROM cortexsub·cor·tex, noun, plural sub·cor·ti·ces.
Words nearby cortex
Example sentences from the Web for cortex
Brain death implies the complete and permanent absence of neurological function in the cortex and the brainstem.Families and Physicians Debate the True Meaning of Brain Death|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Richard Joseph|January 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
LSD affects the gating process—so much more information is sent to the cortex to be processed.Is Tripping on Acid to Blame for Angus T. Jones’s Meltdown?|Marlow Stern|November 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Injury to the retina or optic nerve, occurring early in life, results in an under-development of the cortex in the occipital lobe.Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
Mammals with predominant development of the cortex of the brain: the placentals.
In man and the animals nearest him the cortex forms by far the larger part of the whole cerebral hemisphere.
But evidence of localization of their seat in, and their details of connexion with, the cortex, is at present uncertain.
These movements are best seen, however, in forms like Nitella, where the long internodal cells are not covered with a cortex.Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany|Douglas Houghton Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for cortex
noun plural -tices (-tɪˌsiːz)
- the unspecialized tissue in plant stems and roots between the vascular bundles and the epidermis
- the outer layer of a part such as the bark of a stem