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New Latin, from Ancient Greek upon, near + brain.


epencephalon (plural epencephala)

  1. (anatomy) The segment of the brain next behind the midbrain, including the cerebellum and pons; the hindbrain.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for epencephalon in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)