[kawr-ti-kuh l]
  1. Anatomy. of, pertaining to, resembling, or consisting of cortex.
  2. Physiology. resulting from the function or condition of the cerebral cortex.
  3. Botany. of or relating to the cortex.

Origin of cortical

1665–75; < New Latin corticālis, equivalent to Latin cortic- (stem of cortex) cortex + -ālis -al1
Related formscor·ti·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·cor·ti·cal, adjectivenon·cor·ti·cal, adjectivenon·cor·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Word Origin and History for cortically



1670s, from Modern Latin corticalis, from cortex "bark of a tree" (see cortex).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cortically in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, derived from, or consisting of cortex.
  2. Of, relating to, associated with, or depending on the cerebral cortex.
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