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[thal-uh-men-sef-uh-lon, -luh n]
noun, plural thal·a·men·ceph·a·lons, thal·a·men·ceph·a·la [thal-uh-men-sef-uh-luh] /ˌθæl ə mɛnˈsɛf ə lə/. Anatomy.
  1. the diencephalon.
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Origin of thalamencephalon

First recorded in 1870–75; thalam(us) + encephalon
Related formsthal·a·men·ce·phal·ic [thal-uh-men-suh-fal-ik] /ˌθæl əˌmɛn səˈfæl ɪk/, adjective
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noun plural -lons or -la (-lə) anatomy
  1. the part of the diencephalon of the brain that includes the thalamus, pineal gland, and adjacent structures
  2. another name for diencephalon
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Derived Formsthalamencephalic (ˌθæləˌmɛnsəˈfælɪk), adjective
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thalamencephalon in Medicine


  1. The part of the diencephalon comprising the thalamus and its associated structures.
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