Definition: the most anterior part of the hypothalamus surrounding the anterior or preoptic part of the third ventricle and including the lamina terminalis; containing the lateral and medial preoptic nucleus continuous caudally with, respectively, the lateral and anterior hypothalamic nucleus; rostrally the preoptic region is continuous with the precommissural septum, laterally with the innominate substance.
Synonym(s): area preopticaTA, preoptic areaTA
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