Supraoptic nucleus

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

The supraoptic nucleus (SON) contains neurosecretory cells that produce hormones (oxytocin and vasopressin/antidiuretic hormone). 

Gross anatomy

The supraoptic nucleus is found in the medial area of the anterior hypothalamus, sitting superior to the optic tract 1.

The hormones travel down the axons of the neurosecretory neurons, which form the supraopticohypophyseal tract, and are finally released in the posterior pituitary gland. 

Anatomy: Brain

Anatomy: Brain

Article information

rID: 21677
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Supraoptic nucleus (SON)

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