verb (used with object), de·cer·e·brat·ed, de·cer·e·brat·ing.

  1. Surgery. to remove the cerebrum.


  1. a decerebrated animal.
  2. a person who, because of brain injury, exhibits behavior characteristic of a decerebrated animal.

verb (diːˈsɛrɪˌbreɪt)

  1. (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)

noun (diːˈsɛrɪbrɪt)

  1. a decerebrated individual


  1. The elimination of cerebral function in an animal by removing the cerebrum, cutting across the brainstem, or severing certain arteries in the brainstem, as may be done for experimentation.


  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of an individual who has suffered a brain injury that results in neurological function comparable to that resulting from decerebration of an animal.


  1. To eliminate cerebral brain function in an animal by decerebration.
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