[en-sef-uh-loh-muh-ley-shuh, -shee-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. a softness or degeneration of brain tissue, as caused by impairment of the blood supply; softening of the brain.

Origin of encephalomalacia

From New Latin, dating back to 1835–45; see origin at encephalo-, malacia
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encephalomalacia in Medicine


  1. Softening of brain tissue, usually caused by vascular insufficiency or degenerative changes.cerebromalacia
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