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mesencephalon

[mes-en-sef-uh-lon, -luh n, mez-] /ˌmɛs ɛnˈsɛf əˌlɒn, -lən, ˌmɛz-/
noun, plural mesencephala
[mes-en-sef-uh-luh, mez-] /ˌmɛs ɛnˈsɛf ə lə, ˌmɛz-/ (Show IPA),
mesencephalons.
1.
Anatomy. the midbrain.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; mes- + encephalon
Related forms
mesencephalic
[mes-en-suh-fal-ik, mez-] /ˌmɛs ɛn səˈfæl ɪk, ˌmɛz-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mesencephala

mesencephalon

/ˌmɛsɛnˈsɛfəˌlɒn/
noun
1.
the part of the brain that develops from the middle portion of the embryonic neural tube Nontechnical name midbrain Compare prosencephalon, rhombencephalon
Derived Forms
mesencephalic (ˌmɛsɛnsɪˈfælɪk) adjective
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mesencephala in Medicine

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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