medulla medulla  /mɪ ˈdə lə/


  1. (n) a white fatty substance that forms a medullary sheath around the axis cylinder of some nerve fibers
  2. (n) lower or hindmost part of the brain; continuous with spinal cord; (`bulb' is an old term for medulla oblongata)
  3. (n) the inner part of an organ or structure in plant or animal


  1. Medulla and cortex have different embryonic origins.
  2. In normal air, breathing is controlled by the respiratory centre in the medulla, which is part of the brain.
  3. She has made an atlas of the medulla and midbrain.


  • Free for all: Medulla set to play free show at Courtyard Theater

    Photo courtesy of Jerrod Medulla - Texas crooner Jerrod Medulla will play a free show at the Courtyard Theater in Plano Aug. 30 to show his appreciation for his noble following. Get there early to get a seat.
    on August 26, 2013     Source: Plano Courier


  1. "I'm on a mission. And I know the older I get, I may lose a step or two, but it's all up in the medulla oblongata," O'Neal said, using the medical term for the base of one's brain. "I've got a lot up there. I've got a lot of knowledge .........
    on Mar 10, 2007 By: Shaquille O'Neal Source:

  2. "Well, it obviously hurt," Tillman said. "What else happened? I'm trying to remember, everything is so foggy. Really, it was just a hard hit to the back of my Medulla oblongata, the back of the head, that big bump. I saw like a bright flash,...
    on Dec 3, 2009 By: Charles Tillman Source: ESPN

  3. "I got hit in the medulla oblongata," Harris said with a laugh. "Nah, I got a pretty good shot in the back of the head and kind of lost feeling on the right side for a little bit, but it came back when I was sleeping last night."
    on Mar 15, 2007 By: Devin Harris Source: Dallas Morning News

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