What is the function of the medulla oblongata?

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2015-12-04 01:03:39

The medulla oblongata is the most vital part of the brain

because it is the control center for breathing, blood pressure and

heart beat among other involuntary body functions not under

conscious control. Because these functions are necessary for human

life, damage to the medulla oblongata can be fatal.

There is only one medulla oblongata in the brain. The medulla

connects the brain and the spinal cord, and is the lower half of

the brainstem.

Respiration - chemoreceptors

Cardiac center - sympathetic, parasympathetic system

Vasomotor center - baroreceptors

Reflex centers of vomiting, coughing, sneezing, and


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