Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the brain or cerebrum.
  • adj. Appealing to or requiring the use of the intellect; intellectual rather than emotional: "His approach is cerebral, analytical, cautious” ( Helen Dewar).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to the brain or cerebral cortex of the brain.
  • adj. Intellectual rather than emotional.
  • adj. Retroflex.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the cerebrum.
  • n. One of a class of lingual consonants in the East Indian languages. See lingual, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the brain of a vertebrate animal, whether to the whole brain or to the brain proper or cerebrum.
  • Pertaining to the anterior or preoral ganglia of the nervous system in invertebrate animals, regarded as the analogue or homologue of the vertebrate brain.
  • These ganglia are commonly connected with the rest of the nervous system by an esophageal ring, or commissural fibers encircling the anterior part of the alimentary canal. See esophageal ring, under esophageal.
  • n. A cerebral sound or letter. See I.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
  • adj. of or relating to the cerebrum or brain

Etymologies

From French cérébral, from Latin cerebrum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • a fact previously well observed, and nothing has occurred to dethrone the founder of cerebral science, Dr. Gall, who ranks immeasurably beyond all his contemporaries, and who prepared the way for the full development of Cerebral Psychology, resulting from the discovery of the _impressibility of the brain_, which has opened the entire realm of _cerebral psychology_, and through that has given us access to every realm of wisdom.

    Buchanan's Journal of Man, February 1887 Volume 1, Number 1

  • When you use the term "cerebral" to describe David Cronenberg, its meaning can be applied in several ways.

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  • Daly City, California Al Khari, United Arab Emirates, Al Khari, UAE Santa Ana, California Knoxville, Tennessee Boston, Massachusetts Benalla www. balancedhealthtoday.com The term cerebral palsy is not a specific diagnosis, but is generally applied to children who experience some form of brain trauma either at the time of birth or shortly before.

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  • Cerebral Palsy www. balancedhealthtoday.com The term cerebral palsy is not a specific diagnosis, but is generally applied to children who experience some form of brain trauma either at the time of birth or shortly before.

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  • The term cerebral palsy is used to describe a group of conditions that arise during the initial few years of a child?

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  • The term cerebral palsy is used to describe a grouping of conditions that arise during the initial few years of a child?

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  • Barring a severe case of what we call cerebral rectal inversion, (I will let you folks figure that one out.) it is also one of the safest activities.

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  • Barring a severe case of what we call cerebral rectal inversion, (I will let you folks figure that one out.) it is also one of the safest activities. on July 6, 2009 at 5: 26am

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  • “In addition, changes in cerebral activity also occur, especially in the frontal and temporal lobes,” he added.

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  • Now that the new season of "Last Comic Standing" is airing on NBC, it got me thinking about Season 4 winner Josh Blue, the comedian who says he "puts the cerebral in cerebral palsy."

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  • "What seems most remarkable in this Woodward book is exactly what seemed remarkable in the previous Woodward books, each of which was presented as the insiders' inside story and each of which went on to become a number-one bestseller: these are books in which measurable cerebral activity is virtually absent."

    Political Fictions, by Joan Didion, pg. 176

    September 28, 2008