AskDefine | Define metencephalon

Dictionary Definition

metencephalon n : the part of the hindbrain that develops into the pons and the cerebellum [also: metencephala (pl)]

Extensive Definition

The metencephalon is a developmental categorization of portions of the central nervous system. The metencephalon is composed of the pons and the cerebellum; contains a portion of the fourth ventricle; and the trigeminal nerve (CN V), abducens nerve (CN VI), facial nerve (CN VII), and a portion of the vestibulocochlear nerve (CN VIII).
metencephalon in German: Metencephalon
metencephalon in French: Métencéphale
metencephalon in Italian: Metencefalo
metencephalon in Lithuanian: Užpakalinės smegenys
metencephalon in Dutch: Metencephalon
metencephalon in Polish: Tyłomózgowie
metencephalon in Russian: Задний мозг
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