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epencephalon

[ ep-uh n-sef-uh-lon, -luh n ]
/ ˌɛp ənˈsɛf əˌlɒn, -lən /
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noun, plural ep·en·ceph·a·lons, ep·en·ceph·a·la [ep-uh n-sef-uh-luh] /ˌɛp ənˈsɛf ə lə/. Anatomy.

the hindbrain.

Nearby words

epazote, epee, epeiric, epeirogeny, epeisodion, epencephalon, ependyma, ependymal cell, ependymitis, ependymoblast, ependymocyte

Origin of epencephalon

First recorded in 1850–55; ep- + encephalon
Related formsep·en·ce·phal·ic [ep-uh n-suh-fal-ik] /ˌɛp ən səˈfæl ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for epencephalon

  • Epencephalon, ep-en-sef′a-lon, n. the hindmost of the divisions of the brain.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)|Various

British Dictionary definitions for epencephalon

epencephalon

/ (ˌɛpɛnˈsɛfəˌlɒn) /

noun plural -la (-lə) anatomy

the cerebellum and pons Varolii
the part of the embryonic brain that develops into this; metencephalon
Derived Formsepencephalic (ˌɛpɛnsɛˈfælɪk), adjective

Word Origin for epencephalon

C19: New Latin; see epi-, encephalon
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