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Medulla oblongata

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medulla oblongata

The lowest subdivision of the brainstem, immediately adjacent to the spinal cord. Houses important cardiac and respiratory regulatory centres. Lower or hindmost part of the brain; continuous with spinal cord; (`bulb' is an old term for medulla oblongata); the medulla oblongata is the most vital part of the brain because it contains centers controlling breathing and heart functioning.