medulla oblongata

medulla oblongata

noun, plural medulla oblongatas, medullae oblongatae. Anatomy.
the lowest or hindmost part of the brain, continuous with the spinal cord.

Origin:
1670–80; < Neo-Latin: the long medulla

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medulla oblongata (ˌɒblɒŋˈɡɑːtə)
 
n , pl medulla oblongatas, medullae oblongatae
the lower stalklike section of the brain, continuous with the spinal cord, containing control centres for the heart and lungs
 
[C17: New Latin: oblong-shaped medulla]

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medulla oblongata medulla ob·lon·ga·ta (ŏb'lŏng-gā'tə, -gä'tə)
n. pl. medulla ob·lon·ga·tas or medullae ob·lon·ga·tae (-gā'tē, -gä'tē)
The lowermost portion of the vertebrate brain, continuous with the spinal cord and responsible for the control of respiration, circulation, and other bodily functions.

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medulla oblongata   (ŏb'lông-gä'tə)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural medulla oblongatas or medullae oblongatae (ŏb'lông-gä'tē)
The lowermost portion of the brainstem in humans and other mammals. It is important in the reflex control of involuntary processes, including respiration, heartbeat, and blood pressure.
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medulla oblongata

the lowest part of the brain and the lowest portion of the brainstem. The medulla oblongata is connected by the pons to the midbrain and is continuous posteriorly with the spinal cord, with which it merges at the opening (foramen magnum) at the base of the skull.

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