One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for forebrain
- ‘The neural tube is broad and divides flaccidly into three parts: an anterior prosencephalon, a middle mesencephalon, and a posterior rhombencephalon.’
- ‘However, at later stages, the specification of the prosencephalon and the mesencephalon remains defective.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek prosō ‘forwards’ + enkephalos ‘brain’.
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