Meaning of decerebrate in English:


(also decerebrated)

Pronunciation /diːˈsɛrɪbreɪt/


[with object]Biology
  • Remove the cerebrum from (a laboratory animal)

    ‘surgery was used to decerebrate the rats’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘It has been shown that decerebrated or anaesthetised animals start to chew with no other stimulation than placing some food in the mouth.’
    • ‘In decerebrated animals, rhythmic masticatory motions can also be induced by stimuli in and around the oral area.’
    • ‘In mammals, serotonin has been shown to initiate locomotion in decerebrated, curarized rabbits, and in neonatal rats.’


  • (of a laboratory animal) having had the cerebrum removed.

    ‘decerebrate animals were capable of reflex standing’
    • ‘a decerebrated frog loses the power to learn by experience’