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hippocampus Line breaks: hippo|cam¦pus
Pronunciation: /ˌhɪpə(ʊ)ˈkampəs/

Definition of hippocampus in English:

noun (plural hippocampi ˌhɪpə(ʊ)ˈkampiˌhɪpə(ʊ)ˈkampʌɪ)

The elongated ridges on the floor of each lateral ventricle of the brain, thought to be the centre of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with hippocampus

campus, grampus, pampas
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