[ kawr-ti-kuh l ]
/ ˈkɔr tɪ kəl /


Anatomy. of, pertaining to, resembling, or consisting of cortex.
Physiology. resulting from the function or condition of the cerebral cortex.
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 forms

cor·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. 2019

Medicine definitions for cortically


[ kôrtĭ-kəl ]


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

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