One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to, affecting, or situated in the brain.
- ‘Evidently, the primordia of the adult antennae are formed during embryogenesis in the form of the larval antennae, which also holds for most other head structures in the encephalic Tribolium.’
- ‘It's often called paradoxical sleeping because it's characterized by heightened encephalic activity but also muscular immobility.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek enkephalos ‘brain’ (from en- ‘in’ + kephalē ‘head’) + -ic.
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