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[hahynd-breyn] /ˈhaɪndˌbreɪn/
noun, Anatomy.
the most posterior of the three primary divisions of the brain in the embryo of a vertebrate or the part of the adult brain derived from this tissue, including the cerebellum, pons, and medulla oblongata; rhombencephalon.
Origin of hindbrain
1885-90; hind1 + brain Unabridged
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  • Something about it tingled in my hindbrain -- I knew I'd heard of this place.

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  • In the nervous system the small size of the hindbrain or cerebellum is noticeable.

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the nontechnical name for rhombencephalon
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hindbrain in Medicine

hindbrain hind·brain (hīnd'brān')
See rhombencephalon.

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hindbrain in Science
The rearmost part of the vertebrate brain. In humans, it consists of the pons and the medulla oblongata. Compare forebrain, midbrain.

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