Posterior nucleus of hypothalamus
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|Posterior hypothalamic nucleus|
Posterior nucleus is 'PN', at right, in red.
|Latin||nucleus posterior hypothalami|
|NeuroLex ID||Posterior nucleus of hypothalamus|
|Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy|
Its function is thermoregulation (heating) of the body. Damage or destruction of this nucleus causes hypothermia. Descending efferents from the nucleus synapse on the sympathetic neurons of the spinal cord, which exist in the thoracic and lumbar regions in the lateral horns.
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