Dictionary.com

encephalon

[ en-sef-uh-lon, -luhn ]
/ ɛnˈsɛf əˌlɒn, -lən /
Save This Word!

noun, plural en·ceph·a·la [en-sef-uh-luh]. /ɛnˈsɛf ə lə/.
Anatomy. the brain.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "IS" VS. "ARE"
"Is" it time for a new quiz? "Are" you ready? Then prove your excellent skills on using "is" vs. "are."
Question 1 of 7
IS and ARE are both forms of which verb?

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use encephalon in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for encephalon

encephalon
/ (ɛnˈsɛfəˌlɒn) /

noun plural -la (-lə)
a technical name for brain

Derived forms of encephalon

encephalous, 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for encephalon

encephalon
[ ĕn-sĕfə-lŏn′ ]

n. pl. en•ceph•a•la (-lə)
brain

Other words from encephalon

en•cepha•lous adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK