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Neurohypophysis


/ˌn(y)o͝orōhīˈpäfəsis/

Noun, pl. Neurohypophyses

1. Comprises the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland and is part of the endocrine system. Despite its name, the posterior pituitary gland is not a gland, per se; rather, it is largely a collection of axonal projections from the hypothalamus that terminate behind the anterior pituitary gland. It is where neurohypophysial hormones are stored and released. (wikipedia.org)

2. (Anatomy) The posterior lobe of the pituitary gland, responsible for the release of oxytocin and antidiuretic hormone (ADH), also called vasopressin. (wiktionary.org)

3. The portion of the pituitary gland that is derived from the embryonic brain, is composed of the infundibulum and neural lobe, and is concerned with the secretion of various hormones. (merriam-webster.com)

4. The posterior lobe of the pituitary body; primarily glandular in nature. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu)

Syn: posterior pituitary, posterior pituitary gland, pars nervosa


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