[ nee-oh-kawr-teks ]
/ ˌni oʊˈkɔr tɛks /

noun, plural ne·o·cor·ti·ces [nee-oh-kawr-tuh-seez] /ˌni oʊˈkɔr təˌsiz/.

the largest and evolutionarily most recent portion of the cerebral cortex, composed of complex, layered tissue, the site of most of the higher brain functions.

Origin of neocortex

First recorded in 1905–10; neo- + cortex
Also called neopallium.
Related formsne·o·cor·ti·cal [nee-oh-kawr-ti-kuh l] /ˌni oʊˈkɔr tɪ kəl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for neocortex


[ nē′ō-kôrtĕks′ ]


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