mesencephala

mesencephalon

[mes-en-sef-uh-lon, -luhn, mez-]
noun, plural mesencephala [mes-en-sef-uh-luh, mez-] , mesencephalons.
Anatomy. the midbrain.

Origin:
1840–50; mes- + encephalon

mesencephalic [mes-en-suh-fal-ik, mez-] , adjective
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mesencephalon (ˌmɛsɛnˈsɛfəˌlɒn)
 
n
prosencephalon Compare rhombencephalon Nontechnical name: midbrain the part of the brain that develops from the middle portion of the embryonic neural tube
 
mesencephalic
 
adj

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mesencephalon mes·en·ceph·a·lon (měz'ěn-sěf'ə-lŏn', měs'-)
n.
The portion of the vertebrate brain that develops from the middle section of the embryonic brain. Also called midbrain.

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