Definition of hippocampus in English:


Syllabification: hip·po·cam·pus
Pronunciation: /ˌhipəˈkampəs

noun (plural hippocampi /-ˈkampī, -ˈkampē/)

  • The elongated ridges on the floor of each lateral ventricle of the brain, thought to be the center of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system.
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    • We performed region of interest analysis in two focal brain areas: the hippocampus and the temporal lobes.
    • Added estrogen also upped the signaling capacity of nerve cells in the hippocampus, the brain's memory region.
    • In five hours, the neurosurgeons removed the remaining tumour, my right hippocampus, and right temporal lobe.


late 16th century: via Latin from Greek hippokampos, from hippos 'horse' + kampos 'sea monster'.

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