- Class. Myth. a sea monster with the head and forequarters of a horse and the tail of a dolphin or fish
- a ridge along the lower section of each lateral ventricle of the brain
Origin of hippocampusL, sea horse from Classical Greek hippokampos, hippocampus from hippos (see hippo-) + kampos, sea monster
- A ridge in the floor of each lateral ventricle of the brain that consists mainly of gray matter and has a central role in memory processes.
- Variant of hippocamp
Origin of hippocampusNew Latin from Late Latin hippocamp ( from the shape of the structure in cross section ); see hippocamp .
- A mythological creature with the front head and forelimbs of a horse and the rear of a dolphin; a hippocamp.
- (anatomy) A part of the brain located inside the temporal lobe, consisting mainly of grey matter. It is a component of the limbic system and plays a role in memory and emotion. So named because of its resemblance to the seahorse.
From Late Latin hippocampus, from Ancient Greek ἱππόκαμπος (hippokampos), from ἵππος (hippos, “horse”) and κάμπος (kampos, “sea monster”).
From Latin hippocampus.