brain stem


Definition of brain stem

: the part of the brain composed of the midbrain, pons, and medulla oblongata and connecting the spinal cord with the forebrain and cerebrum

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Recent Examples on the Web The family's lawyer, Geoffrey Fieger, said only her brain stem is functioning. Fox News, "State regulators say Detroit-area paramedic misled doctor about 'dead' woman," 3 Sep. 2020 Nikki and Brie first revealed that their mother would be undergoing surgery last month, explaining that doctors had discovered a mass on her brain stem. Maria Pasquini,, "Nikki Bella Says Her Mother's 'Balance and Walking Has Gotten Better’ After Brain Surgery," 10 July 2020 Then contemplate all that can go wrong, exercising neurons that haven't fired since your brain stem was in nursery school. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Looking to Buy or Lease? A Word of Advice," 3 July 2020 Thomas had a stroke May 24, caused by a tear of the basilar artery in the brain stem. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana State's Kurt Thomas, gymnast denied 1980 glory, dies," 7 June 2020 The lack of this response in some patients with Covid-19 could indicate the brain stem is impaired. Liz Szabo, CNN, "ICUs become a 'delirium factory' for Covid-19 patients," 1 June 2020 The cluster is currently below her brain stem near her spinal column. James Weber,, "Holy Cross volleyball senior overcomes rare condition to get DI scholarship to NKU," 5 Apr. 2020 One is his prose, which at this stage in his practice has become a high-tech delivery system: pure wit, right to the brain stem. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, "20 Books to Read in Quarantine This Summer," 15 May 2020 In 2011, as an undergraduate, Martinez was diagnosed with a condition in which a portion of the cerebellum herniates out the bottom of the skull and compresses the brain stem. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "UTHealth student starts scholarship in classmate’s honor," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of brain stem

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Brain stem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of brain stem

: the part of the brain composed of the midbrain, pons, and medulla oblongata and connecting the spinal cord with the forebrain and cerebrum

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