The hypothalamus is a very small but important component of the diencephalon. It plays a major role in regulating feeding hormones, the pituitary gland, body temperature, the adrenal glands, and many other vital activities.

Source: NIDA (NIH)1

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Hypothalamus: Ventral part of the Diencephalon extending from the region of the Optic Chiasm to the caudal border of the Mammillary Bodies and forming the inferior and lateral walls of the Third Ventricle.2

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  1. Source: NIDA (NIH): teens.drugabuse.gov/ teachers/ mind-over-matter/ teachers-guide
  2. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

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