medulla oblongata

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

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