- Gr. & Rom. 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 hippocampusClassical Latin 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.
- (neuroanatomy): HIPP
From Late Latin hippocampus, from Ancient Greek ἱππόκαμπος (hippokampos), from ἵππος (hippos, “horse”) and κάμπος (kampos, “sea monster”).