epencephalon

[ep-uh n-sef-uh-lon, -luh n]
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.

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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epencephalon

noun plural -la (-lə) anatomy
  1. the cerebellum and pons Varolii
  2. 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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