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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.
  1. the hindbrain.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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)

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British Dictionary definitions for epencephalon

epencephalon

noun plural -la (-lə) anatomy
  1. the cerebellum and pons Varolii
  2. the part of the embryonic brain that develops into this; metencephalon
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Derived Formsepencephalic (ˌɛpɛnsɛˈfælɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin; see epi-, encephalon
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