supraoptic nucleus

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A nucleus (2) in each side of the hypothalamus, above the optic chiasm and immediately adjacent to the suprachiasmatic nucleus, with nerve fibres projecting to the posterior pituitary. Its stimulation causes vasopressin to be released by the posterior pituitary. [From Latin supra above + Greek optikos optic, from optos seen, alluding to the optic chiasm]

Subjects: Psychology.

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