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medulla oblongata

noun [C usually sing] uk   /meˌdʌl.ə ɒb.lɒŋˈɡɑː.tə/ us    /mɪˌdʌl.ə ɑːb.lɑːŋˈɡɑː.t̬ə/ (plural medullae oblongatae /-iː -iː/  /-iː -iː/ or medulla oblongatas) specialized
the lowest part of the brain, positioned at the top of the spinal cord, that controls activities such as heartbeat, blood pressure , and breathing
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