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Cerebral cortex

Synonym(s)

  • cerebral gray matter
  • cortex cerebralis
  • cortex cerebri
  • pallium

Definition(s)

The thin layer of gray matter on the surface of the cerebral hemisphere that develops from the telencephalon and folds into gyri. It reaches its highest development in man and is responsible for intellectual faculties and higher mental functions.

Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

The convoluted surface layer of gray matter of the cerebrum that functions chiefly in coordination of sensory and motor information -- called also pallium.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: August 25, 2014