One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘Added estrogen also upped the signaling capacity of nerve cells in the hippocampus, the brain's memory region.’
- ‘The hippocampus area in the frontal lobes, the sort of parietal temporal lobes and the frontal lobes.’
- ‘In five hours, the neurosurgeons removed the remaining tumour, my right hippocampus, and right temporal lobe.’
- ‘Estrogen appears to enhance memory by increasing the number of synapses between nerve cells in the hippocampus.’
- ‘We performed region of interest analysis in two focal brain areas: the hippocampus and the temporal lobes.’
Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek hippokampos, from hippos ‘horse’ + kampos ‘sea monster’.
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