One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to, affecting, or situated in the brain.
- ‘It's often called paradoxical sleeping because it's characterized by heightened encephalic activity but also muscular immobility.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek enkephalos ‘brain’ (from en- ‘in’ + kephalē ‘head’) + -ic.
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