mammillary body

noun
variants: or mamillary body

Definition of mammillary body

anatomy
: either of two small, rounded bodies that project from the posterior hypothalamus, receive input from the hippocampus via the fornix and relay impulses to the anterior nuclei of the thalamus, and are thought to play a role in memory

First Known Use of mammillary body

1828

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Medical Dictionary

mammillary body

noun

medical Definition of mammillary body

: either of two small rounded eminences on the underside of the brain behind the tuber cinereum forming the terminals of the anterior pillars of the fornix called also corpus albicans

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