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tr.v. de·cer·e·brat·ed, de·cer·e·brat·ing, de·cer·e·brates
To eliminate cerebral brain function in (an animal) by removing the cerebrum, cutting across the brainstem, or severing certain arteries in the brainstem, as for purposes of experimentation.
adj. (also -brĭt)
1. Deprived of cerebral function, as by having the cerebrum removed.
2. Resulting from or as if from decerebration: decerebrate rigidity; decerebrate movements.
3. Lacking intelligence or reason.
n. (also -brĭt)
A decerebrate animal or person.
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(Surgery) (tr) to remove the brain or a large section of the brain or to cut the spinal cord at the level of the brain stem of (a person or animal)
(Medicine) a decerebrated individual
[C19: from de- + cerebro- + -ate1]
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v.t. -brat•ed, -brat•ing.
Surg. to remove the cerebrum from.
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Past participle: decerebrated
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|Verb||1.||decerebrate - remove the cerebrum from (a human body)|
surgery - the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures; "he is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School"
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