encephalon

[en-sef-uh-lon, -luh n]

Origin of encephalon

1735–45; < New Latin, alteration (-on for -os) of Greek enképhalos (adj.) within the head, as masculine noun, brain; see en-2, -cephalous
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Related Words for encephala

head, intellect, wit, mentality, cerebellum, encephalon, cerebrum

British Dictionary definitions for encephala

encephalon

noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. a technical name for brain
Derived Formsencephalous, adjective

Word Origin for encephalon

C18: from New Latin, from Greek enkephalos brain (literally: that which is in the head), from en- ² + kephalē head
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encephala in Medicine

encephalon

[ĕn-sĕfə-lŏn′]
n. pl. en•ceph•a•la (-lə)
  1. brain
Related formsen•cepha•lous adj.
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