[en-sef-uh-lon, -luh n]

noun, plural en·ceph·a·la [en-sef-uh-luh] /ɛnˈsɛf ə lə/.

Anatomy. the brain.

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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head, intellect, wit, mentality, cerebellum, cerebrum

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noun plural -la (-lə)

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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n. pl. en•ceph•a•la (-lə)

Related formsen•cepha•lous adj.
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