epencephalon

[ep-uh n-sef-uh-lon, -luh n]
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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

  1. epazote,
  2. epee,
  3. epeiric,
  4. epeirogeny,
  5. epeisodion,
  6. ependyma,
  7. ependymal cell,
  8. ependymitis,
  9. ependymoblast,
  10. 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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British Dictionary definitions for epencephalon

epencephalon

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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