Definition of medulla oblongata in English:

medulla oblongata

Line breaks: me|dulla ob¦lon|gata
Pronunciation: /ˌɒblɒŋˈgɑːtə


  • The continuation of the spinal cord within the skull, forming the lowest part of the brainstem and containing control centres for the heart and lungs.
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    • Located at the base of the skull, the medulla oblongata is continuous with the spinal cord at the foramen magnum.
    • Many arterial branches arise from the vertebral and basilar artery to supply the medulla oblongata and the pons.
    • In the lower part of the illustration is the cut surface of the medulla oblongata and a view of the ventral pons from below.


late 17th century: modern Latin, literally 'elongated medulla'.

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