What is the function of the medulla oblongata?
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
Respiration - chemoreceptors
Cardiac center - sympathetic, parasympathetic system
Vasomotor center - baroreceptors
Reflex centers of vomiting, coughing, sneezing, and