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[pey-lee-en-sef-uh-lon; especially British pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li ɛnˈsɛf əˌlɒn; especially British ˌpæl i-/
noun, plural paleencephala
[pey-lee-en-sef-uh-luh; especially British pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li ɛnˈsɛf ə lə; especially British ˌpæl i-/ (Show IPA)
(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
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