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cerebral
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his brain had decreased in weight and there was a general smoothing out of cerebral convolutions as well as a deepening and broadening of brain fissures.
cerebral = brain
DefinitionGenerally cerebral means:
relating to the brain — especially the cerebrum (front of the brain)

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involving intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
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concerto
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asked me what i meant about the mathematical variance equivalent in dorbermann's fifth concerto.
concerto = music written for orchestra and a solo instrument
DefinitionGenerally concerto means:
music written for orchestra and one (or more) solo instruments
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convention
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to convene
algernon and i were presented to the american psychological association sitting in convention with the world psychological association
convention = a gathering (in this case a meeting of two professional associations)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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cower
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when the owner came to see what the excitement was about, the boy cowered as if he expected to be struck and threw up his arms as if to ward off the blow.
cowered = showed fear
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
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deteriorate
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now my mind is deteriorating rapidly.
deteriorating = becoming worse
DefinitionGenerally deteriorate means:
become worse

or:

gradually wear away or break into tiny particles
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fissure
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his brain had decreased in weight and there was a general smoothing out of cerebral convolutions as well as a deepening and broadening of brain fissures.
fissures = long narrow creases
DefinitionGenerally fissure means:
a long narrow crack; or its creation — especially in the ground or in rock

or:

a crack in the unity of a group; or its creation
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function
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Its main function is to...
yet for the sake of science, i am grateful for the little bit that i here add to the knowledge of the function of the human mind and of the laws governing the artificial increase of human inteffigence.
function = natural activity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
purpose, job, or natural activity
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hypothesis
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a study to test her hypothesis
the hypothesis here proven may be described simply in the following terms: artificially increased intelligence deteriorates at a rate of time directly proportional to the quantity of the increase.
hypothesis = reasonable idea
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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illiterate
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i have often reread my progress reports and seen the illiteracy, the...
illiteracy = not literate (i.e., unable to read or write)
DefinitionGenerally illiterate means:
not literate (i.e., unable to read or write)

or:

uninformed in a particular field or general subject area
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impair
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motor activity is impaired; there is a general reduction of glandular activity; there is an accelerated loss of co-ordination.
impaired = less effective
DefinitionGenerally impair means:
make worse or less effective
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introspection
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i keep telling myself how important this introspective journal will be.
introspective = about one's own thoughts and feelings
DefinitionGenerally introspection means:
the contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings
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invariably
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the whistles and catcalls from the customers (the cries of "hey, there go the profits!". . . "mazeltov!" and "well, he didn't work here very long.. ." which invariably seems to follow the breaking of glass or dishware in a public restaurant) all seemed to confuse him.
invariably = always
DefinitionGenerally invariably means:
consistently or without variation
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obscure
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it obscured my view
...and the more sensational aspects of my own rapid climb cannot obscure the fact that the tripling of intelligence by the surgical technique developed by drs. strauss and nemur must be viewed as having little or no practical applicability (at the present time) to the increase of human intelligence. as i review the records and data on algernon, i see that although he is still in his physical infancy, he has regressed mentally.
obscure = hide
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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opportunist
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...said that dr. strauss was nothing but an opportunist who was trying to ride to glory on his coattails.
opportunist = someone who takes advantage of unplanned circumstances
DefinitionGenerally opportunist means:
one who takes advantage of unplanned circumstances — possibly unethically
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plateau
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reached a plateau in our growth
she said i reached a plateau.
plateau = a time of little change after more rapid change
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progressive
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there are also strong indications of progressive amnesia.
progressive = gradually getting more severe
DefinitionGenerally progressive means:
favoring political change or new ideas (typically associated with liberal causes); or a person with such beliefs

or:

gradually getting more severe — as of a disease or other condition

or:

gradually advancing (making progress)
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refute
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i asked dr. strauss how nemur could refute rahajamati's attack on his method and results if nemur couldn't even read them in the first place.
refute = prove false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or argue that something is false
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subconscious
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subconscious conflict of desires
subconscious = mental activity of which one is not aware
DefinitionGenerally subconscious means:
mental activity of which we are not aware, but which can influence feelings and behavior
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tangible
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...finds it necessary to see tangible results of his work.
tangible = easily understood
DefinitionGenerally tangible means:
capable of being touched, or easily understood so there is no question of its value or reality
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vacuous
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his vacant eyes moved across the crowd of amused onlookers, he slowly mirrored their smiles and finally broke into an uncertain grin at the joke which he obviously did not understand. i felt sick inside as i looked at his dull, vacuous smile,
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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