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medulla oblongata

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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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  • noun The lower portion of the brainstem.

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

Etymologies

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

[New Latin medulla oblongāta : Latin medulla, medulla + New Latin oblongāta, feminine of oblongātus, oblong.]

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  • This phrase always seemed so... lyrical.

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

    December 5, 2007

  • 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

  • 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

  • Anagram of: A Ballad Unto Mogel

    December 4, 2008

  • See comment under spatula.

    July 8, 2011