supraoptic nucleus [TA] of hypothalamus
Definition: a large-celled neurosecretory nucleus in the hypothalamus, located over the lateral border of the optic tract, from which the supraopticohypophysial tract arises; its neurons produce and transport vasopressin released into the general circulation from the axon terminals in the supraopticohypophysial tract. This nucleus can be divided into a pars dorsolateralis [TA], pars dorsomedialis [TA], and pars ventromedialis [TA].
Synonym(s): nucleus supraopticusTA, supraoptic nucleusTA
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