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decerebrate

[ verb dee-ser-uh-breyt; noun dee-ser-uh-breyt, -brit ]
/ verb di藞s蓻r 蓹藢bre瑟t; noun di藞s蓻r 蓹藢bre瑟t, -br瑟t /
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verb (used with object), de路cer路e路brat路ed, de路cer路e路brat路ing.
Surgery. to remove the cerebrum.
noun
a decerebrated animal.
a person who, because of brain injury, exhibits behavior characteristic of a decerebrated animal.
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Origin of decerebrate

First recorded in 1895鈥1900; de- + cerebr- + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM decerebrate

de路cer路e路bra路tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decerebrate

decerebrate

verb (di藧藞s蓻r瑟藢bre瑟t)
(tr) to remove the brain or a large section of the brain or to cut the spinal cord at the level of the brain stem of (a person or animal)
noun (di藧藞s蓻r瑟br瑟t)
a decerebrated individual

Derived forms of decerebrate

decerebration, noun

Word Origin for decerebrate

C19: from de- + cerebro- + -ate 1
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