pale encephalon


[pey-lee-en-sef-uh-lon; especially British pal-ee-]
noun, plural paleencephala [pey-lee-en-sef-uh-luh; especially British pal-ee-] .
(no longer in technical use) the more primitive part of the brain in the evolutionary development of animals, including all parts except the cerebral cortex and its related structures.
Compare neencephalon.

1915–20; < Neo-Latin; see pale-, encephalon Unabridged
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the more primitive parts of the brain phylogenetically; most structures other than the cerebral cortex 
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