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noun, plural met·en·ceph·a·lons, met·en·ceph·a·la [met-en-sef-uh-luh] /ˌmɛt ɛnˈsɛf ə lə/. Anatomy.
  1. the anterior section of the hindbrain, comprising the cerebellum and pons.
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Origin of metencephalon

First recorded in 1870–75; met- + encephalon
Related formsmet·en·ce·phal·ic [met-en-suh-fal-ik] /ˌmɛt ɛn səˈfæl ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for metencephalon


noun plural -lons or -la (-lə)
  1. the part of the embryonic hindbrain that develops into the cerebellum and pons Varolii
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Derived Formsmetencephalic (ˌmɛtɛnsɪˈfælɪk), adjective
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metencephalon in Medicine


  1. The anterior part of the embryonic hindbrain, which gives rise to the cerebellum and pons.
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Related formsmet′en•ce•phalic (-sə-fălĭk) adj.
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