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diencephalon

[dahy-en-sef-uh-lon] /ˌdaɪ ɛnˈsɛf əˌlɒn/
noun, plural diencephalons, diencephala
[dahy-en-sef-uh-luh] /ˌdaɪ ɛnˈsɛf ə lə/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy
1.
the posterior section of the forebrain.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Neo-Latin; see di-3, encephalon
Related forms
diencephalic
[dahy-en-suh-fal-ik] /ˌdaɪ ɛn səˈfæl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • The diencephalon is located in the core of the brain.
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British Dictionary definitions for diencephalon

diencephalon

/ˌdaɪɛnˈsɛfəˌlɒn/
noun
1.
the part of the brain that includes the basal ganglia, thalamus, hypothalamus, and associated areas
Derived Forms
diencephalic (ˌdaɪɛnsɪˈfælɪk) adjective
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diencephalon in Medicine

diencephalon di·en·ceph·a·lon (dī'ěn-sěf'ə-lŏn', -lən)
n.
The posterior part of the prosencephalon, composed of the epithalamus, the dorsal thalamus, the subthalamus, and the hypothalamus. Also called betweenbrain, interbrain.

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