hy·​po·​tha·​lam·​ic ˌhī-pō-thə-ˈla-mik How to pronounce hypothalamic (audio)
: of or relating to the hypothalamus
hypothalamic neurons

Examples of hypothalamic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2009 invention of single-cell RNA sequencing, a laboratory technique that allows scientists to analyze the genetic information of individual cells, has helped in better dissecting the circuitry that give hypothalamic clusters their diverse functions. Popular Science, 26 Oct. 2023 Sleep-wake cells are equally involved with other hypothalamic activities such as the control of energy metabolism and core body temperature. Popular Science, 26 Oct. 2023 The hypothalamic circuit could also possibly tie into what is already known about how the brain promotes food cravings, which DiFeliceantonio says has largely to do with the release of the hormone dopamine. Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2023 In the new study, Takashi Yamaguchi, a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Langone Health’s Neuroscience Institute, and his colleagues showed that in the posterior amygdala, two distinct groups of cells pick up incoming sensory signals and excite the appropriate hypothalamic target. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 3 Aug. 2020 Magnesium deficiencies have been found to influence the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis (HPA), which is known to be involved in the development of anxiety disorders. Sarah Anzlovar, Ms, Verywell Health, 15 May 2023 In Sham animals, the number of vomiting episodes was 14±2 during 2 G exposure for 10min, and was accompanied by intense Fos expression in the medial vestibular nucleus (MVe), the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS), the area postrema (AP), and the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus (PVN). Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 21 Aug. 2012 The reason for the drop is that aging can deteriorate hypothalamic-pituitary functioning, which keeps your hormones balanced, and may dim the number and responsiveness of cells in the testicles that are responsible for testosterone and sperm production. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 1 Feb. 2023 Garret Stuber, a neuroscientist now at the University of Washington, focused on the lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) of the brain, a region critical for controlling feeding behaviors. Daniel Bastardo Blanco, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hypothalamic was in 1899

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“Hypothalamic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothalamic. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


hy·​po·​tha·​lam·​ic ˌhī-pō-thə-ˈlam-ik How to pronounce hypothalamic (audio)
: of or relating to the hypothalamus
hypothalamically adverb
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