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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Definitions for encephalon

  1. Anatomy. the brain.

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Citations for encephalon
The head, though in many species very voluminous, is formed only in small part by the cranium which closely embraces the encephalon. Georges Cuvier, translated by Edward Griffith, The Animal Kingdom, Volume 9: The Class Reptilia, 1831
Neither Ambroise Paré , applying a ligature directly to an artery for the first time since Celsus, fifteen centuries before; nor Dupuytren, about to open an abscess through a thick layer of encephalon; nor Gensoul, when he performed the first ablation of the superior maxilla, had a heart that pounded so, a hand so tremulous, a mind so tense as Monsieur Bovary approaching Hippolyte, his tenotomy knife in his hand. Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), translated by Lydia Davis, Madame Bovary, 2010
Origin of encephalon
Encephalon is a New Latin construction that can be traced to the Greek enképhalos meaning "within the head," or, as a masculine noun, "brain." The Greek root kephalḗmeans "head." It entered English in the mid-1700s.