noun, plural medulla oblongatas, medullae oblongatae. Anatomy.
- the lowest or hindmost part of the brain, continuous with the spinal cord.
noun plural medulla oblongatas or medullae oblongatae (mɪˈdʌliː ˌɒblɒŋˈɡɑːtiː)
- the lower stalklike section of the brain, continuous with the spinal cord, containing control centres for the heart and lungs
n. pl. medulla ob•lon•ga•tas
- The lowermost portion of the vertebrate brain, continuous with the spinal cord and responsible for the control of respiration, circulation, and other bodily functions.
Plural medulla oblongatas medullae oblongatae (ŏb′lông-gä′tē)
- The lowermost portion of the brainstem in humans and other mammals. It is important in the reflex control of involuntary processes, including respiration, heartbeat, and blood pressure.