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/enˈsefəˌlän/  /-lən/ Noun, pl. encephalons 1. The area of central nervous system that includes all higher nervous centers, enclosed within the skull and continuous with the spinal cord; the brain. ( 2. The vertebrate brain. ( 3. The contents of the cranium; the brain. ( Syn: Brain Word origin: From Ancient Greek ἐγκέφαλος (enkephalos, “within the head”), from ἐν (en, “in”) + κεφαλή (kephalē,...

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