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hypothalamus (n.)

1896, coined 1893 in German from Greek hypo- "under" (see hypo-) + thalamus "part of the brain where a nerve emerges." So called for its position below and in front of the thalamus.

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Definitions of hypothalamus from WordNet

hypothalamus (n.)
a basal part of the diencephalon governing autonomic nervous system;
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