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- Also see infundibulum for other uses of the term.
The pituitary stalk (also known as the infundibular stalk or simply the infundibulum) is the connection between the hypothalamus and the posterior pituitary.
It carries axons from the magnocellular neurosecretory cells of the hypothalamus down to the posterior pituitary where they release their hormones into the blood.
This connection is called the hypothalamic-hypophyseal tract, and is responsible for the release of oxytocin and antidiuretic hormone.
The sinuses at the base of the skull.
Median sagittal section of brain. The relations of the pia mater are indicated by the red color.
Drawing of a cast of the ventricular cavities, viewed from the side.
Vertical sections of the heads of early embryos of the rabbit. Magnified.