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1[mass noun] The darker tissue of the brain and spinal cord, consisting mainly of nerve cell bodies and branching dendrites.Compare with white matter
- ‘They had less grey matter in the frontal lobes and had enlarged ventricles.’
- ‘The brain has two types of tissue, white matter that holds the brain together and gray matter that contains ‘thinking cells.’’
- ‘The more severe a patient's ADHD symptoms - as rated by parents and clinicians - the smaller were their frontal lobes, temporal gray matter, caudate nucleus and cerebellum.’
- ‘In some tissues, such as gray matter in the brain, water also diffuses in an approximately spherical pattern.’
- ‘Biopsies of Lewis' patients suggest that the virus had attacked the grey matter in the spinal cord, which contains nerve fibres running to and from the muscles.’
- 1.1informal Intelligence.‘I wish I had a little of her grey matter’
- ‘That way those of us who so desire - myself included - can go on working for as long as the body and the old grey matter permit.’
- ‘They are still behaving as if they were the stupid party, even though they manifestly possess rather more grey matter, head for head, than Labour.’
- ‘College professors like Felix Bethel, who have considerable intellectual grey matter do not hold these beliefs.’
- ‘He holds degrees in criminal justice and psychology and I have already been picking his scholarly gray matter.’
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