Definition of midbrain in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmidˌbrān/ /ˈmɪdˌbreɪn/

Translate midbrain into Spanish


  • A small central part of the brainstem, developing from the middle of the primitive or embryonic brain.

    ‘In each case, these sections included frontal cortex, basal ganglia, thalamus, hippocampus, midbrain, pons, medulla, and cerebellar hemisphere at the level of the dentate nucleus.’
    Also called mesencephalon
    • ‘The brainstem consists of the midbrain, pons and medulla, structures located deep in the back of the brain.’
    • ‘The latter includes the diencephalon; mesencephalon, or midbrain; pons; and medulla oblongata.’
    • ‘The midbrain, brainstem, and cerebellum appeared grossly normal.’
    • ‘The pons is a specialized band of nerve fibers that links the midbrain with the medulla oblongata and acts as a high-functioning switchboard.’