[ rom-ben-sef-uh-lon, -luh n ]
/ ˌrɒm bɛnˈsɛf əˌlɒn, -lən /

noun, plural rhom·ben·ceph·a·lons, rhom·ben·ceph·a·la [rom-ben-sef-uh-luh] /ˌrɒm bɛnˈsɛf ə lə/. Anatomy.

the hindbrain.

Origin of rhombencephalon

From German, dating back to 1895–1900; see origin at rhomb, encephalon
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British Dictionary definitions for rhombencephalon

/ (ˌrɒmbɛnˈsɛfəˌlɒn) /


the part of the brain that develops from the posterior portion of the embryonic neural tube and comprises the cerebellum, pons, and the medulla oblongataNontechnical name: hindbrain Compare mesencephalon, prosencephalon

Word Origin for rhombencephalon

C20: from rhombus + encephalon
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Medical definitions for rhombencephalon

[ rŏm′bĕn-sĕfə-lŏn′, -lən ]


The portion of the embryonic brain from which the metencephalon and myelencephalon develop, including the pons, cerebellum, and the medulla oblongata.hindbrain
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