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Mammillary bodies

Dr Daniel J Bell and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

The mammillary bodies form part of the hypothalamus and have a role in memory, although their exact role is yet to be established. 

Gross anatomy

The mammillary bodies are round, paired structures that are a relay in the Papez circuit and lie in the inferior hypothalamus. They are separated in the midline by the intermammillary sulcus. 


Related pathology

Anatomy: Brain

Anatomy: Brain

Article information

rID: 39238
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Mammillary body
  • Tubercules mammillares

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