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decerebrate

de·cer·e·brate

decerebrate

 
pronunciation:
di se r breIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, adjective, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: decerebrated, decerebrates, decerebrating
definition: to separate the brain from the spinal cord of (a person or animal), as by surgery.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of or pertaining to one suffering loss of cerebral functions, as through severing of the spinal cord.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: one that has been decerebrated.
derivation: decerebration (n.)
Word Parts
The word decerebrate contains the following parts:
cerebr, cerebro Latin root that means brain
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).