What Does Medulla Oblongata Mean?


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The word medulla oblongata has its derivation in Latin and the meaning it conveys is that of something that is situated in the centre of something and is in the oblong shape.

Medulla in Latin conveys the meaning of marrow and oblong is also considered as of Latin origin but now it is rather become English as it is so often used in English. The meaning of oblong is a kind of shape that has more length than its width.

The term is used for an organ that you can find in the brain of a human being and can be located in the lower part of the brainstem. The function of the organ is to control numerous autonomic functions of a body and the functions include respiration, heart rate, reflex arcs and blood pressure.

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