- Anatomy, Zoology. of or relating to the cerebrum or the brain.
- betraying or characterized by the use of the intellect rather than intuition or instinct: His is a cerebral music that leaves many people cold.
- Phonetics. retroflex(def 2).
- Phonetics. a cerebral sound.
- of or relating to the cerebrum or to the entire brain
- involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
- phonetics another word for cacuminal
- phonetics a consonant articulated in the manner of a cacuminal consonant
1816, “pertaining to the brain,” from French cérébral (16c.), from Latin cerebrum “the brain” (also “the understanding”), from PIE *keres-, from root *ker- “top of the head” (see horn (n.)). Meaning “intellectual, clever” is from 1929. Cerebral palsy attested from 1824, originally a general term for cases of paralysis that seemed to be traceable to “a morbid state of the encephalon.” Later used in a more specific sense from c.1860, based on the work of English surgeon Dr. William Little.
- Of or relating to the brain or cerebrum.
- Relating to or involving the brain or cerebrum.