- the lowest or hindmost part of the brain, continuous with the spinal cord.
Origin of medulla oblongata
1670–80; < New Latin: the long medulla
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- the lower stalklike section of the brain, continuous with the spinal cord, containing control centres for the heart and lungs
C17: New Latin: oblong-shaped medulla
medulla oblongata(ŏb′lŏng-gā′tə, -gä′tə)
- The lowermost portion of the vertebrate brain, continuous with the spinal cord and responsible for the control of respiration, circulation, and other bodily functions.
- The lowermost portion of the brainstem in humans and other mammals. It is important in the reflex control of involuntary processes, including respiration, heartbeat, and blood pressure.
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