[verb dee-ser-uh-breyt; noun dee-ser-uh-breyt, -brit]
- Surgery. to remove the cerebrum.
- a decerebrated animal.
- a person who, because of brain injury, exhibits behavior characteristic of a decerebrated animal.
Origin of decerebrate
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- (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)
- a decerebrated individual
C19: from de- + cerebro- + -ate 1
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- The elimination of cerebral function in an animal by removing the cerebrum, cutting across the brainstem, or severing certain arteries in the brainstem, as may be done for experimentation.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of an individual who has suffered a brain injury that results in neurological function comparable to that resulting from decerebration of an animal.
- To eliminate cerebral brain function in an animal by decerebration.
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