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n. pl. en·ceph·a·la (-lə)
The brain of a vertebrate.
[Greek enkephalon, from neuter of enkephalos, in the head; see encephalo-.]
n, pl -la (-lə)
(Anatomy) a technical name for brain
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek enkephalos brain (literally: that which is in the head), from en-2 + kephalē head]
en•ceph•a•lon(ɛnˈsɛf əˌlɒn, -lən)
n., pl. -lons, -la (-lə).
[1735–45; < New Latin, alter. (-on for -os) of Greek enképhalos (adj.) within the head, as masculine n., brain]
en`ce•phal′ic (-səˈfæl ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||encephalon - that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord|
circle of Willis - a ring of arteries at the base of the brain
arteria communicans, communicating artery - any of three arteries in the brain that make up the circle of Willis
neural structure - a structure that is part of the nervous system
brain cell - a nerve cell in the brain
central nervous system, CNS, systema nervosum centrale - the portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord
neencephalon, neoencephalon - the part of the brain having the most recent phylogenetic origin; the cerebral cortex and related parts
forebrain, prosencephalon - the anterior portion of the brain; the part of the brain that develops from the anterior part of the neural tube
brain stem, brainstem, 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 hypothalamus
ventricle - one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid