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Definition of Medulla oblongata
Medulla oblongataMedulla Me*dul"la, n. [L.]
1. Marrow; pith; hence, essence. [Obs.] --Milton.
2. (Anat.) The marrow of bones; the deep or inner portion of
an organ or part; as, the medulla, or medullary substance,
of the kidney; specifically, the medula oblongata.
3. (Bot.) A soft tissue, occupying the center of the stem or
branch of a plant; pith.
Medulla oblongata. [L., oblong medulla] (Anat.), the
posterior part of the brain connected with the spinal
cord. It includes all the hindbrain except the cerebellum
and pons, and from it a large part of the cranial nerves
arise. It controls very largely respiration, circulation,
swallowing, and other functions, and is the most vital
part of the brain; -- called also bulb of the spinal
cord. See Brain.
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