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  • n. Alternative spelling of brain stem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the part of the brain continuous with the spinal cord and comprising the medulla oblongata and pons and midbrain and parts of the hypothalamus


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  • The brainstem is not in the final analysis a thoughtful companion.

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  • Other than the word brainstem instead of cortex, he is correct.

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  • Deep in the core of our brain lies a structure called the brainstem.

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  • They had injected the stem cell into the brainstem, which is the most delicate structure in the brain. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The brainstem is the first part of the brain that processes auditory information and relays that information to higher brain centres.

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  • There’s the brainstem, which is reptilian in its evolutionary development.


  • Maybe all of these strange causes of sneezing come about because of a kind of short-circuit in the brainstem, where all kinds of reflex actions are triggered, so that various stimuli that trigger unrelated reflexes such as blood flow to the genitals or squinting against a bright light also trigger, quite by accident, a sneeze.

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  • This excites the trigeminal nerve, which sends impulses to the “sneezing center” in the brainstem, the primitive part of the brain that triggers our involuntary reflexes.

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  • Five years after he adopted me for my twenty-first birthday, I had a brainstem stroke and became a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic.

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  • After several tests such as a brainstem response test (ABR), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and multiple hearing tests, Sean has been diagnosed with mild to moderate hearing loss.


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