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noun Anatomy.
  1. the most posterior of the three primary divisions of the brain in the embryo of a vertebrate or the part of the adult brain derived from this tissue, including the cerebellum, pons, and medulla oblongata; rhombencephalon.
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Origin of hindbrain

First recorded in 1885–90; hind1 + brain
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Examples from the Web for hindbrain

Historical Examples

  • Something about it tingled in my hindbrain -- I knew I'd heard of this place.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • In the nervous system the small size of the hindbrain or cerebellum is noticeable.

British Dictionary definitions for hindbrain


  1. the nontechnical name for rhombencephalon
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hindbrain in Medicine


  1. rhombencephalon

hindbrain in Science


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