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Pronunciation:  `hipu'kampus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  seahorses
  2. [n]  a complex neural structure (shaped like a sea horse) consisting of gray matter and located on the floor of each lateral ventricle; intimately involved in motivation and emotion as part of the limbic system; has a central role in the formation of memories

HIPPOCAMPUS is a 11 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: genus Hippocampus
 See Also: family Syngnathidae, fish genus, limbic brain, limbic system, neural structure, sea horse, seahorse, Syngnathidae, visceral brain



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hip`po*cam"pus\, n. [L., the sea horse, Gr. ? a
hippocampus (in senses 1 and 2); "i`ppos horse + ? to bend.]
1. (Class. Myth.) A fabulous monster, with the head and fore
   quarters of a horse joined to the tail of a dolphin or
   other fish ({Hippocampus brevirostris}), -- seen in
   Pompeian paintings, attached to the chariot of Neptune.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of lophobranch fishes of several
   species in which the head and neck have some resemblance
   to those of a horse; -- called also {sea horse}.

Note: They swim slowly, in an erect position, and often cling
      to seaweeds by means of the incurved prehensile tail.
      The male has a ventral pouch, in which it carries the
      eggs till hatched.

3. (Zo["o]l.) A name applied to either of two ridges of white
   matter in each lateral ventricle of the brain. The larger
   is called hippocampus major or simply hippocampus. The
   smaller, hippocampus minor, is called also {ergot} and

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: An area buried deep in the forebrain that helps regulate emotion and memory.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A part of the brain that is important for learning and memory.