Definition of decerebrate in English:



[with object]usually as adjective decerebrated
  • Remove the cerebrum from (a laboratory animal)

    ‘a decerebrated frog loses the power to learn by experience’
    • ‘In mammals, serotonin has been shown to initiate locomotion in decerebrated, curarized rabbits, and in neonatal rats.’
    • ‘It has been shown that decerebrated or anaesthetised animals start to chew with no other stimulation than placing some food in the mouth.’
    • ‘One of the most horrifying things I have ever witnessed was an experiment in which a cat was ‘decerebrated ‘, that is, it had all of its brain scraped out.’’
    • ‘In decerebrated animals, rhythmic masticatory motions can also be induced by stimuli in and around the oral area.’