denoting a neurological state in which the functions of the higher centres of the brain are eliminated. This is brought about in experimental animals by cutting across the brain below the cerebrum, but certain injuries to the brain in humans may cause the same severe neurological signs as occur in a decerebrate animal.

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  • decerebrate — [dē ser′ə brāt΄] adj. of or having to do with an animal or person lacking cerebral functions, as in consequence of an experiment or an illness n. a decerebrate animal or person vt. decerebrated, decerebrating to eliminate cerebral functions of… …   English World dictionary

  • decerebrate — 1. To cause decerebration. 2. Denoting an animal so prepared, or a patient whose brain has suffered an injury which renders the patient, in neurologic behavior, comparable to a d. animal. * * * de·cer·e·brate ( )dē ser ə brət, .brāt; .dē sə r …   Medical dictionary

  • decerebrate — I. adjective Date: 1897 1. characteristic of decerebration < decerebrate rigidity > 2. having the cerebrum removed or made inactive II. transitive verb Date: circa 1900 to remove the cerebrum from; also to make incapable of cerebral activity •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • decerebrate — verb (t) /diˈsɛrəbreɪt/ (say dee seruhbrayt) (decerebrated, decerebrating) 1. Surgery to eliminate cerebral function in (an animal) by severing the connection between the brain or a part of the brain and the nervous system. –adjective… …  

  • decerebrate animal — an experimental animal that has been subjected to decerebration; such an animal exhibits rigid extension of the lower limbs, with strong tonic contraction of the extensor muscles and to some extent the flexor muscles. See also decerebrate, and… …   Medical dictionary

  • decerebrate rigidity — an abnormal body posture produced by decerebration. In experimental animals it is marked by rigid extension of the lower limbs (hindlimbs in a quadruped). In humans it is manifested by the person lying in rigid extension with the upper limbs… …   Medical dictionary

  • decerebrate — decerebration, n. v. /dee ser euh brayt /; n. /dee ser euh brayt , brit/, v., decerebrated, decerebrating, n. v.t. 1. Surg. to remove the cerebrum. n. 2. a decerebrated animal. 3. a person who, because of brain injury, exhibits behavior… …   Universalium

  • decerebrate — 1. adjective Having the cerebrum removed 2. verb To remove the cerebrum in order to eliminate brain function …   Wiktionary

  • decerebrate — v. cause decerebration; remove surgically the cerebrum (in an experimental animal), cut the brain stem (of an animal); remove cerebral brain function by surgically removing the cerebrum; make incapable of cerebral activity adj. having lost all… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • decerebrate — [di: sɛrɪbreɪt] adjective Biology having had the cerebrum removed. Derivatives decerebration noun …   English new terms dictionary

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