from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The brain of a vertebrate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The area of central nervous system that includes all higher nervous centers, enclosed within the skull and continuous with the spinal cord; the brain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The contents of the cranium; the brain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, that which is contained in the cranial cavity as a whole; the brain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord
Finally, Du Bois Reymond, in his famous discussion in 1880, on the seven enigmas of the world, speaks somewhat as follows: "The astronomical knowledge of the encephalon, that is, the most intimate to which we can aspire, only reveals to us matter in motion.
Big brains are costly in terms of food and childbirth, and the development of our extraordinary encephalon could only be justified by making us adept at the complex social politics that come with a sophisticated language.
No doubt that all makes perfect sense to Byers higher encephalon processes.
Your submissions are welcomed via encephalon.host @ gmail.com. posted by Sandra @ Monday, June 09, 2008
If only you knew what is going on in my encephalon you would understand.
During the course of terrestrial evolution, the brain (encephalon) of animal species also evolved.
The animal is easily satisfied; the encephalon is more demanding.
A less common synonym for brain is encephalon (en-sef'uh-lon; "in the head" G).
The _central portion_ comprises the brain or encephalon and the spinal cord.
The central nervous system consists of the encephalon or brain, contained within the cranium, and the medulla spinalis or spinal cord, lodged in the vertebral canal; the two portions are continuous with one another at the level of the upper border of the atlas vertebra.
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