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medulla oblongata

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The lowermost portion of the vertebrate brain, continuous with the spinal cord, responsible for the control of respiration, circulation, and certain other bodily functions.

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  • n. The lower portion of the brainstem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the posterior part of the brain connected with the spinal cord. It includes all the hindbrain except the cerebellum and pons, and from it a large part of the cranial nerves arise. It controls very largely respiration, circulation, swallowing, and other functions, and is the most vital part of the brain; -- called also bulb of the spinal cord. See Brain.

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

  • n. lower or hindmost part of the brain; continuous with spinal cord; (`bulb' is an old term for medulla oblongata)

Etymologies

New Latin medulla oblongāta : Latin medulla, medulla + New Latin oblongāta, feminine of oblongātus, oblong.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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    July 8, 2011

  • Anagram of: A Ballad Unto Mogel

    December 4, 2008

  • The medulla oblongata is the lower portion of the brainstem. It deals with autonomic functions, such as breathing and blood pressure. The cardiac center is the part of the medulla oblongata responsible for controlling the heart rate.

    medulla oblongata at the Wikipedia.

    December 4, 2008

  • Lol c_b, that's beautiful! I just knew the Beatles were really neurosurgeons who found more fun things to do than cut heads open :-)

    December 5, 2007

  • This phrase always seemed so... lyrical.

    "Medulla oblongata in the marketplace..." *earworm!*

    December 5, 2007