su·​pra·​op·​tic ˌsü-prə-ˈäp-tik How to pronounce supraoptic (audio)
: situated above the optic chiasma
also : being a small nucleus of closely packed neurons overlying the optic chiasma and intimately connected with the neurohypophysis

Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supraoptic was in 1900

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“Supraoptic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


su·​pra·​op·​tic -ˈäp-tik How to pronounce supraoptic (audio)
: situated or occurring above the optic chiasma
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