midbrain

[ mid-breyn ]
/ ˈmɪdˌbreɪn /

noun Anatomy.

the middle 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; mesencephalon.

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Origin of midbrain

First recorded in 1870–75; mid- + brain
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British Dictionary definitions for midbrain

midbrain
/ (ˈmɪdˌbreɪn) /

noun

the nontechnical name for mesencephalon
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Medical definitions for midbrain

midbrain
[ mĭdbrān′ ]

n.

mesencephalon
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Scientific definitions for midbrain

midbrain
[ mĭdbrān′ ]

The middle part of the vertebrate brain. In most animals except mammals, the midbrain processes sensory information. In mammals, it serves primarily to connect the forebrain with the hindbrain. Compare forebrain hindbrain.
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