hindbrain

noun hind·brain \ ˈhīn(d)-ˌbrān \

Definition of hindbrain

1 : the posterior of the three primary divisions of the developing vertebrate brain or the corresponding part of the adult brain that includes the cerebellum, the medulla oblongata, and in mammals the pons and that controls autonomic functions and equilibrium called also rhombencephalon; compare metencephalon, myelencephalon
2 : the posterior segment of the brain of an invertebrate

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1888

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hindbrain

noun hind·brain \ ˈhīn(d)-ˌbrān \

medical Definition of hindbrain

: the posterior division of the three primary divisions of the developing vertebrate brain or the corresponding part of the adult brain that includes the cerebellum, pons, and medulla oblongata and that controls the autonomic functions and equilibrium called also rhombencephalon; see metencephalon, myelencephalon

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