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Pronunciation: met'en-sef'a-lon

Definition: The anterior of the two major subdivisions of the rhombencephalon (the posterior being the myelencephalon or medulla oblongata), composed of the pons and the cerebellum.

[meta- + G. enkephalos, brain]

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