supraoptic

adjective su·pra·op·tic \ ˌsü-prə-ˈäp-tik , -ˌprä- \

Definition of supraoptic

: situated above the optic chiasma; also : being a small nucleus of closely packed neurons overlying the optic chiasma and intimately connected with the neurohypophysis

First Known Use of supraoptic

1900

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

supraoptic

adjective su·pra·op·tic \ -ˈäp-tik \

medical Definition of supraoptic

: situated or occurring above the optic chiasma

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up supraoptic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of the same or a similar kind or nature

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!