[en-sef-uh-lon, -luhn]
noun, plural encephala [en-sef-uh-luh] .
Anatomy. the brain.

1735–45; < Neo-Latin, alteration (-on for -os) of Greek enképhalos (adj.) within the head, as masculine noun, brain; see en-2, -cephalous

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encephalon (ɛnˈsɛfəˌlɒn)
n , pl -la
a technical name for brain
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek enkephalos brain (literally: that which is in the head), from en-² + kephalē head]

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encephalon en·ceph·a·lon (ěn-sěf'ə-lŏn')
n. pl. en·ceph·a·la (-lə)
See brain.

en·ceph'a·lous adj.
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