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medulla oblongata

noun, plural medulla oblongatas, medullae oblongatae. Anatomy
1.
the lowest or hindmost part of the brain, continuous with the spinal cord.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < New Latin: the long medulla
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medulla oblongata

/ˌɒblɒŋˈɡɑːtə/
noun (pl) medulla oblongatas, medullae oblongatae (mɪˈdʌliː ˌɒblɒŋˈɡɑːtiː)
1.
the lower stalklike section of the brain, continuous with the spinal cord, containing control centres for the heart and lungs
Word Origin
C17: New Latin: oblong-shaped medulla
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medullae oblongatae in Medicine

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)   
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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