hypothalamus


hy·po·thal·a·mus

noun \-ˈthal-ə-məs\
plural hy·po·thal·a·mi \-ˌmī\

Definition of HYPOTHALAMUS

: a basal part of the diencephalon that lies beneath the thalamus on each side, forms the floor of the third ventricle, and includes vital autonomic regulatory centers (as for the control of food intake)

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