brain-stem


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Noun1.brain-stem - the part of the brain continuous with the spinal cord and comprising the medulla oblongata and pons and midbrain and parts of the hypothalamusbrain-stem - the part of the brain continuous with the spinal cord and comprising the medulla oblongata and pons and midbrain and parts of the hypothalamus
neural structure - a structure that is part of the nervous system
brain, encephalon - that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord
medulla oblongata, medulla, bulb - lower or hindmost part of the brain; continuous with spinal cord; (`bulb' is an old term for medulla oblongata); "the medulla oblongata is the most vital part of the brain because it contains centers controlling breathing and heart functioning"
pons Varolii, pons - a band of nerve fibers linking the medulla oblongata and the cerebellum with the midbrain
reticular formation, RF - a complex neural network in the central core of the brainstem; monitors the state of the body and functions in such processes as arousal and sleep and attention and muscle tone
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Even if that is the case, it does not follow that the brain-stem patients actually are dead.
Munro never regained consciousness and was pronounced brain-stem dead three days later.
Kveton, MD, report the tragic case of a 14-year-old girl who had bilateral acoustic neuromas treated by stereotactic radiotherapy, with subsequent rapid growth of the irradiated tumors and brain-stem compression resulting in death.