|—n , pl -pi|
|1.||a mythological sea creature with the forelegs of a horse and the tail of a fish|
|2.||See sea horse any marine teleost fish of the genus Hippocampus, having a horselike head|
|3.||an area of cerebral cortex that forms a ridge in the floor of the lateral ventricle of the brain, which in cross section has the shape of a sea horse. It functions as part of the limbic system|
|[C16: from Latin, from Greek hippos horse + kampos a sea monster]|
|one of a class of rural deities represented as men with the ears, horns, tail, and later also the hind legs of a goat|
|the beautiful daughter of Zeus and Leda and wife of Menelaus whose abduction by Paris was the cause of the Trojan War|
hippocampus hip·po·cam·pus (hĭp'ə-kām'pəs)
n. pl hip·po·cam·pi (-pī')
The complex, internally convoluted structure that forms the medial margin of the cortical mantle of the cerebral hemisphere, borders the choroid fissure of the lateral ventricle, is composed of two gyri with their white matter, and forms part of the limbic system.
|hippocampus (hĭp'ə-kām'pəs) Pronunciation Key
Plural hippocampi (hĭp'ə-kām'pī')
A convoluted, seahorse-shaped structure in the cerebral cortex of the temporal lobe of the brain, composed of two gyri with white matter above gray matter. It forms part of the limbic system and is involved in the processing of emotions and memory.