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habenula

[huh-ben-yuh-luh]
noun, plural ha·ben·u·lae [huh-ben-yuh-lee] /həˈbɛn yəˌli/. Anatomy.
  1. a narrow bandlike structure, as the stalk attaching the pineal gland to the thalamus.
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Origin of habenula

1875–80; < Latin: small strip of skin, equivalent to habēn(a) strap, thong, rein (derivative of habēre to have, hold, possess; cf. able, habit1) + -ula -ule
Related formsha·ben·u·lar, adjective
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habenula in Medicine

habenula

(hă-bĕnyə-lə)
n. pl. ha•ben•u•lae (-lē′)
  1. A frenulum.
  2. The stalk of the pineal gland. No longer in technical use.
  3. A circumscript cell mass embedded in the posterior end of the medullary stria of the thalamus, from which it receives most of its afferent fibers.habena pedunculus of pineal body
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Related formsha•benu•lar adj.
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