Anat. the brain
Origin of encephalonModern Latin ; from Classical Greek enkephalos, (what is) in the head ; from en-, in + kephal?, the head: see cephalic
The brain of a vertebrate.
Origin of encephalonGreek enkephalon, from neuter of enkephalos, in the head; see encephalo–.
- (neuroanatomy) The area of central nervous system that includes all higher nervous centers, enclosed within the skull and continuous with the spinal cord; the brain.
From Ancient Greek ἐγκέφαλος (enkephalos, “within the head”), from ἐν (en, “in”) + κεφαλή (kephalē, “head”).