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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She was rushed to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with brain trauma and a herniated brain stem, reported. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Pennsylvania girl with diabetes dies after blood sugar drops during sleepover, family says," 21 Sep. 2018 Brody’s illness began with a fall, which doctors suspected may have been related to an inner ear infection, but led to a stay at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where scans revealed a tumor on his brain stem. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Dying boy's Christmas decorations allegedly vandalized, neighbor claims," 19 Sep. 2018 Scanning the brains of patients with diabetic nerve pain, Tracey and Segerdahl found enhanced communication from the brain stem, via the spine, to the parts of the brain known to contribute to the sensation of pain. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "The Neuroscience of Pain," 9 May 2016 Three doctors have declared the girl brain dead based on exams and tests showing no blood flow or electrical activity in either her cerebrum or the brain stem that controls breathing. CBS News, "Jahi McMath taken out of Oakland hospital in private ambulance, now in custody of mom," 6 Jan. 2014 Mall saw potential in his new student, and with his encouragement, Sabin created a celebrated brain model of the brain stem of a newborn. Eliza Mcgraw, Smithsonian, "Florence Sabin Pioneered Her Way in Medical Science, Then Made Sure Other Women Could Do the Same," 6 July 2018 Roughly once a day in the United States, a child is born with a fatal genetic disorder that destroys motor neurons in the brain stem and spinal cord. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "U.S. Health secretary under pressure to approve screening of newborns for fatal genetic disease," 28 June 2018 Four-year-old Addalyn Sooter, or Addy as family members called her, was battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare tumor that affects the brain stem. Cydney Henderson, azcentral, "Photo shows brother comforting little sister hours before she died," 12 June 2018 The 22-year-old economics student remains hospitalized and in a coma with severe injuries to his brain stem. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh,, "Amtrak suggests comatose PSU student attempted suicide, was not hate-crime victim," 30 May 2018

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1874, in the meaning defined above

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brain stem

\ -ˌstem \

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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