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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The findings, showed that the learning process leads to a re-organisation that extends to deep brain structures in the thalamus and the brain-stem. Some regions of our visual system such as faces become engaged in translating letters into language, the researchers said in the study published in the journal Science Advances.
The same applies to Murphy's mentioning the families of "brain-stem dead" patients that "their loved one was dead."
Munro never regained consciousness and was pronounced brain-stem dead three days later.