myelencephalon

noun
my·​e·​len·​ceph·​a·​lon | \ ˌmī-ə-len-ˈse-fə-ˌlän How to pronounce myelencephalon (audio) , -lən- \

Definition of myelencephalon

: the posterior part of the developing vertebrate hindbrain or the corresponding part of the adult brain composed of the medulla oblongata

Other Words from myelencephalon

myelencephalic \ ˌmī-​ə-​ˌlen(t)-​sə-​ˈfa-​lik How to pronounce myelencephalon (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of myelencephalon

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myelencephalon

earlier, as a name for the cerebrospinal axis of vertebrates, from myel- + encephalon, perhaps after French myélencéphale

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“Myelencephalon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myelencephalon. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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myelencephalon

noun
my·​el·​en·​ceph·​a·​lon | \ ˌmī-ə-len-ˈsef-ə-ˌlän, -lən How to pronounce myelencephalon (audio) \

Medical Definition of myelencephalon

: the posterior part of the developing vertebrate hindbrain or the corresponding part of the adult brain composed of the medulla oblongata

Other Words from myelencephalon

myelencephalic \ -​ˌlen(t)-​sə-​ˈfal-​ik How to pronounce myelencephalon (audio) \ adjective

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