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English definition of “medulla oblongata”

medulla oblongata

noun [C usually sing]     /meˌdʌl.ə ɒb.lɒŋˈɡɑː.tə/ US  /mɪˌdʌl.ə ɑːb.lɑːŋˈɡɑː.t̬ə/ (plural medullae oblongatae /-iː -iː/ US  /-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 The brain and nervous system
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