decerebrate animal

decerebrate animal
an experimental animal that has been subjected to decerebration; such an animal exhibits rigid extension of the lower limbs, with strong tonic contraction of the extensor muscles and to some extent the flexor muscles. See also decerebrate, and see decerebrate rigidity, under rigidity.

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