Hypothalamus

By Renée Grinnell

A small portion of the brain, roughly the size of an almond in humans, located just above the brain stem. The hypothalamus controls the pituitary gland and also regulates homeostasis (hunger, thirst, body temperature, and the like).


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 Jan 2009

 

 
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