paleencephalon

[ pey-lee-en-sef-uh-lon; especially British pal-ee- ]
/ ˌpeɪ li ɛnˈsɛf əˌlɒn; especially British ˌpæl i- /

noun, plural pa·le·en·ceph·a·la [pey-lee-en-sef-uh-luh; especially British pal-ee-]. /ˌpeɪ li ɛnˈsɛf ə lə; especially British ˌpæl i-/.

(no longer in technical use) the more primitive part of the brain in the evolutionary development of animals, including all parts except the cerebral cortex and its related structures.

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Origin of paleencephalon

First recorded in 1915–20; from New Latin; see origin at pale-, encephalon
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