One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating a tract of unmyelinated nerve fibres running from the supraoptic and paraventricular nuclei of the hypothalamus to the posterior part of the hypophysis, conveying the hormones vasopressin and oxytocin for storage in and release from the hypophysis.
1930s; earliest use found in Anatomical Records. From supra-optic + -o- + hypophysial, after scientific Latin supraoptico-hypophyseus.
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