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Online Reference For Body, Mind & Spirit

Term: Hypothalamus

DEFINITION:

An almond-sized area of the brain located just above the brain stem. The hypothalamus regulates the autonomic nervous system and the pituitary gland, linking the nervous and endocrine systems. It controls body temperature, thirst, hunger, and circadian rhythms. 

AUTHOR:  Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson
SOURCE:  Great Sex Made Simple, by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson (Llewellyn Publications)
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