Meaning of hindbrain in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhʌɪn(d)breɪn/


  • The lower part of the brainstem, comprising the cerebellum, pons, and medulla oblongata.

    Also called rhombencephalon

    ‘I found a spinal cord, a hindbrain, a midbrain, a forebrain, all organized in similar ways to my own nervous system.’
    • ‘The cranial neural crest that migrates out from the rhombomeres of the dorsal region of the hindbrain also has a segmental arrangement.’
    • ‘The ability to maintain gaze can be profoundly disturbed by damage to the brain stem or hindbrain.’
    • ‘Over time the neural tube expands at one end to form an embryonic brain with constrictions marking the forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain.’
    • ‘The thought of that virus wandering about in my hindbrain did not please me.’