preoptic area

noun

Medical Definition of preoptic area

: a region of the brain that is situated immediately below the anterior commissure, above the optic chiasma, and anterior to the hypothalamus although it is not clearly demarcated from the hypothalamus and that regulates certain autonomic activities often with the hypothalamus

called also preoptic region

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“Preoptic area.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/preoptic%20area. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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