cerebral cortex

noun
the layer of unmyelinated neurons (the grey matter) forming the cortex of the cerebrum (Freq. 2)
Syn: ↑cerebral mantle, ↑pallium, ↑cortex
Derivationally related forms: ↑cortical (for: ↑cortex)
Hypernyms: ↑neural structure
Hyponyms: ↑neopallium, ↑neocortex, ↑archipallium, ↑paleocortex
Part Holonyms: ↑cerebrum
Substance Meronyms: ↑grey matter, ↑gray matter, ↑grey substance, ↑gray substance, ↑substantia grisea
Part Meronyms:

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noun
: the superficial layer of gray matter overlying the cerebral hemispheres and functioning chiefly in coordination of higher nervous activity

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the furrowed outer layer of gray matter in the cerebrum of the brain, associated with the higher brain functions, as voluntary movement, coordination of sensory information, learning and memory, and the expression of individuality.
[1925-30]

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cerebral cortex noun
The outer layers of the cerebral hemispheres associated with higher function of the nervous system
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Main Entry:cerebrum

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cerebral cortex UK US noun [countable] [singular cerebral cortex plural cerebral cortices] medical
the outer layer of the cerebrum (=the front part of your brain)
Thesaurus: brain and nervous systemhyponym

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cerebral cortex,
the layer of gray matter that covers the cerebrum; cortex: »

The largest part of the cerebral cortex is concerned with complex mental processes such as memory, speech, and thought (H. H. Jasper).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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