cortex (plural, cortices): literally, the bark or outer layer. In anatomy, the outer layer or section of an organ, as the cortex of the brain and the cortex of the adrenal gland. See also adrenal cortex: cerebral cortex;neocortex.

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Cor"tex (k?r"t?ks), n.; pl. Cortices (-t-sz). [L., bark. Cf. Cork.]

1.

Bark, as of a tree; hence, an outer covering.

2. Med.

Bark; rind; specifically, cinchona bark.

3. Anat.

The outer or superficial part of an organ; as, the cortex or gray exterior substance of the brain.

 

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