encephalon

noun

en·​ceph·​a·​lon in-ˈse-fə-ˌlän How to pronounce encephalon (audio) -lən How to pronounce encephalon (audio)
plural encephala in-ˈse-fə-lə How to pronounce encephalon (audio)
: the vertebrate brain

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek enkephalos

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of encephalon was in 1741

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Cite this Entry

“Encephalon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encephalon. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

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 encephalon (audio)
: the vertebrate brain

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