encephalon

noun
en·​ceph·​a·​lon | \ in-ˈse-fə-ˌlän How to pronounce encephalon (audio) , -lən\
plural encephala\ in-​ˈse-​fə-​lə How to pronounce encephala (audio) \

Definition of encephalon

: the vertebrate brain

First Known Use of encephalon

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for encephalon

New Latin, from Greek enkephalos

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encephalon

noun
en·​ceph·​a·​lon | \ in-ˈsef-ə-ˌlän How to pronounce encephalon (audio) , -lən How to pronounce encephalon (audio) \
plural encephala\ -​lə How to pronounce encephala (audio) \

Medical Definition of encephalon

: the vertebrate brain

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