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

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1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Mammillary body.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mammillary%20body. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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mammillary body

noun
variants: or mamillary body

Medical Definition of mammillary body

: 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

called also corpus albicans

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