brain stem

noun

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

Examples of brain stem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brooks, 22, underwent emergency brain surgery on Sept. 15, to remove the tumor that was located between his cerebellum and brain stem. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2023 Rousing the portion of the vagus nerve entering the brain stem might also engage neighboring cortical areas that are involved in memory and attention, according to Elisabetta Burchi, head of translational research at the neuromodulation start-up Parasym. Shi En Kim, Scientific American, 28 Dec. 2023 In a study published in The Lancet in 2021, researchers found that the brain stem — the bottom, stalklike portion of the brain that connects to the spinal cord — was activated during migraine attacks, but not during a cluster headache. Brittany Edelmann, Discover Magazine, 8 Dec. 2023 Ann, the participant in the USCF trial, had a brain stem stroke 17 years ago and has been participating in the research since last year. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2023 Robb died peacefully Friday night at his Los Angeles home after being diagnosed in late October with inoperable cancer of the brain stem, Deadline reported. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Dec. 2023 These symptoms are localized to a specific area of the brain known as the mammillary bodies near the brain stem, and may be caused by severe, chronic alcohol consumption. Greg Licholai, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 According to the station, the tumor is on his brain stem and affects Congdon’s ability to speak and walk. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2023 On April 13, 1984 — seven months before the first of the wells were shut down — Ann Johnson gave birth to a baby girl named Jacquetta, who had a cleft lip, a cleft palate and brain stem issues. Anna Schecter, NBC News, 18 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brain stem was in 1874

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“Brain stem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brain%20stem. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

brain stem

noun
: the back and lower part of the brain including the midbrain and medulla oblongata

Medical Definition

brain stem

noun
: 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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