from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The dorsal region of the cerebral cortex, especially large in primates, thought to have evolved more recently than other parts of the brain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The cortical part of the neencephalon; the most recently evolved part of the cerebral cortex of the brain of higher animals, and the site of most of the higher brain functions; called also neopallium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun neuroanatomy The top layer of the cerebral hemispheres in the brain of mammals; part of cerebral cortex.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the cortical part of the neencephalon


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