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glossary:hypothalamus [2008/04/29 08:25]
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glossary:hypothalamus [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 +(Science: anatomy, endocrinology) a portion of the brain which lies beneath the thalamus and secretes substances which control metabolism by exerting an influence on pituitary gland function. ​
 +The hypothalamus is also involved in the regulation of body temperature,​ water balance, [[blood]] sugar and fat metabolism. The hypothalamus also regulates other glands such as the ovaries, parathyroids and thyroid. A basal part of the diencephalon governing autonomic nervous system.A section of the brain that is involved in many regulatory functions like osmoregulation and thermoregulation. The hypothalamus has a degree of control over the pituitary gland, and also controls sleeping patterns, eating and drinking and speech. It is also responsible for the secretion of adh [[Antidiuretic Hormone]] via its neurosecretory cells. ​
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