[noo r-uh l, nyoo r-]
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Origin of neural

First recorded in 1830–40; neur- + -al1
Related formsneu·ral·ly, adverbin·ter·neu·ral, adjectivenon·neu·ral, adjectivepost·neu·ral, adjectivepre·neu·ral, adjectivesub·neu·ral, adjectiveun·neu·ral, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for neural


  1. of or relating to a nerve or the nervous system
Derived Formsneurally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for neural

"pertaining to a nerve or nerves," 1830, from Greek neuron "nerve" (see neuro-) + adjectival suffix -al (1). Related: Neurally.

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neural in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to a nerve or the nervous system.
  2. Of, relating to, or located on the same side of the body as the spinal cord; dorsal.
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neural in Science


  1. Relating to the nerves or nervous system.
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