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Nervous System > Neurosecretory Systems > Hypothalamo-Hypophyseal System
Endocrine System > Neurosecretory Systems > Hypothalamo-Hypophyseal System

Preferred term

Hypothalamo-Hypophyseal System  


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Entry terms

  • Hypophyseal Portal System
  • Hypothalamic Hypophyseal System
  • Hypothalamic Hypophyseal Systems
  • Hypothalamic Pituitary Unit
  • Hypothalamic-Pituitary Unit
  • Portal System, Hypophyseal


  • emphasis is on interrelation between hypothalamus & pituitary: do not use as a substitute for HYPOTHALAMUS & PITUITARY GLAND as entities; diseases: coordinate with HYPOTHALAMIC DISEASES

Scope note

  • A collection of NEURONS, tracts of NERVE FIBERS, endocrine tissue, and blood vessels in the HYPOTHALAMUS and the PITUITARY GLAND. This hypothalamo-hypophyseal portal circulation provides the mechanism for hypothalamic neuroendocrine (HYPOTHALAMIC HORMONES) regulation of pituitary function and the release of various PITUITARY HORMONES into the systemic circulation to maintain HOMEOSTASIS.

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