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medulla oblongatanoun [C usually singular]

uk   /meˌdʌl.ə ɒb.lɒŋˈɡɑː.tə/  us   /mɪˌdʌl.ə ɑːb.lɑːŋˈɡɑː.t̬ə/ (plural medullae oblongatae /-iː -iː/  us /-iː -iː/ ) specialized
the ​lowestpart of the ​brain, ​positioned at the ​top of the spinalcord, that ​controlsactivities such as heartbeat, bloodpressure , and ​breathing
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