from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The crura cerebri, pons Varolii, and medulla oblongata.

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  • 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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  • He is just an old fool without anything at the end of his brain-stem.

    McConnell to vote against Sotomayor

  • And limbo is not the state in which the brain can calm itself and return to normal function from years in the mental no-man's-land of anxiety, impulse, and despair of brain-stem stimulated adrenaline and cortisol release.

    Ming Holden: The Real Haunted House

  • A person who suffers a brain-stem or spinal-cord injury because of an accident, stroke or disease can lose the ability to transmit the brain's messages to the rest of the body.

    Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis

  • Eventually she gains enough composure to tell me the terrible news: Sahara only twelve years old has just been diagnosed with stage 4 brain-stem cancer.

    Late, Late at Night

  • Funding from the McCarthy-Stuart Foundation helped ETHEL develop the first electronic brain-stem, and establish the first ‘Consciousness Uploading and Neurological Transfer’ technique.

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  • A Swedish team led by Anders Bjorklund and Olle Lindvall of the University of Lund, who in 1987 first reported that fetal cells remain alive and pump out dopamine in the recipient's brain, announced in December that brain-stem tissue from 6 - to 8-week-old fetuses blossoms into fully functioning cells that substitute for the missing dopamine cells.

    Cures From The Womb

  • They have only a few brain-stem "reflexes," including breathing and intestinal function.

    When Someone Is Alive, But Not Living

  • It takes some time for anoxic changes to the brain to result in a loss of reflexes…which is how you test for brain-stem function.

    Change of Heart

  • “In these sorts of brain-stem trauma cases, there is generally less than a fifteen percent chance that the person will make a full recovery, and more than a fifty percent chance that she will never emerge from that vegetative state.”

    The Woman in the Fifth

  • There is such a thing as temperament - although his discussion of innate personality traits relies on EEG probes and brain-stem activity, not any musings on the four humors.

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