from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a nerve or the nervous system.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or located on the same side of the body as the spinal cord; dorsal.

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  • adj. Of, or relating to the nerves, neurons or the nervous system.
  • adj. Modelled on the arrangement of neurons in the brain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. relating to the nerves or nervous system; taining to, situated in the region of, or on the side with, the neural, or cerebro-spinal, axis; -- opposed to hemal. As applied to vertebrates, neural is the same as dorsal; as applied to invertebrates it is usually the same as ventral. Cf. hemal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to nerves or the nervous system at large; nervous.
  • Specifically, of or relating to the cerebrospinal nervous system of a vertebrate.
  • Situated on that side of the body, with reference to the vertebral axis, on which the brain and spinal cord lie; dorsal or tergal: opposed to ventral, sternal, visceral, or hemal.
  • In physiology, done or taking place in the nerves.
  • n. One of the bony plates that lie upon and fuse with the summit of the spinous process and take part in the formation of the carapace of a turtle.

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

  • adj. of or relating to neurons
  • adj. of or relating to the nervous system


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From Ancient Greek νεῦρον (neuron, "a sinew, nerve") + -al.


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  • It is also true that these covariances of mental ability correspond to covariances in neural characteristics, and so psychologists believe that the explanation of this covariance will be found in terms of neurological function.

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  • Practically speaking, if you could show that some sub-atomic particle was, like the graviton, exchanged between matter, but also interacted with the sub-atomic activity in neural systems, functioning as a mechanism of information exchange, then you have a medium by which my desire at point A can be communicated to you at point C.

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  • Fetal behaviour and movements not only give an insight into the developing brain, as an expression of neural activity, but are also necessary for the further development of neural structure and of other organs.

  • It is called neural networks, it is people trying to make artificial systems work in a way that is similar to the brain.

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