circumventricular organs

circumventricular organs
several small structures located around the edges of the third and fourth ventricles, lacking the regular blood-brain barrier and thus serving as significant sites for neural-endocrine interaction. They include the area postrema, median eminence, subcommissural organ, subfornical organ, and vascular organ of lamina terminalis. Sometimes also included are the funiculus separans, neurohypophysis, and pineal body.

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