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hippocampus

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noun hip·po·cam·pus \ˌhi-pə-ˈkam-pəs\

Definition of hippocampus

plural

hippocampi

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  1. :  a curved elongated ridge that extends over the floor of the descending horn of each lateral ventricle of the brain, that consists of gray matter covered on the ventricular surface with white matter, and that is involved in forming, storing, and processing memory

hippocampal

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Origin and Etymology of hippocampus

New Latin, from Greek hippokampos sea horse, from hippos horse + kampos sea monster — more at equine


First Known Use: 1706


Medical Dictionary

hippocampus

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noun hip·po·cam·pus \ˌhip-ə-ˈkam-pəs\

Medical Definition of hippocampus

plural

hippocampi

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  1. :  a curved elongated ridge that is an important part of the limbic system, extends over the floor of the descending horn of each lateral ventricle of the brain, consists of gray matter covered on the ventricular surface with white matter, and is involved in forming, storing, and processing memory—see pes hippocampi





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