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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


hypothalamus  listen  (HY-poh-THA-luh-mus)

  The area of the brain that controls body temperature, hunger, and thirst.

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Drawing of the inside of the brain showing ventricles (fluid-filled spaces), choroid plexus, hypothalamus, pineal gland, pituitary gland, optic nerve, brain stem, cerebellum, cerebrum, medulla, pons, and spinal cord.