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Adjective & noun. Early 19th century.
[from Latin CEREBRUM + -AL: compare with French cérébral.]
A1(a) adjective. Of or pertaining to the brain. E19
A1(b) adjective. Appealing to the intellect rather than to the emotions; clever; intellectual. E20
A2 PHONETICS = CACUMINAL adj. E19
B noun. PHONETICS. A cerebral consonant. E19
(1) cerebral palsy a disorder chiefly characterized by spastic paralysis due to brain damage before or at birth.
cerebralism noun (a) intellectualism; (b) (now rare) the theory that mental processes arise from the action of the brain: L19
cerebralist noun (a) an intellectualist, an intellectual; (b) (now rare) a supporter of the theory of cerebralism: L19
cerebrally adverb L19
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