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Hormones released by the posterior pituitary gland (such as oxytocin) are synthesized by?

a. the pineal gland
b. secretory neurons in the hypothalamus
c. the anterior pituitary gland
d. neurons in the motor cortex
e. none of the above


  • Wiki is actually pretty good for this answer.
    “In the hypothalamus, oxytocin is made in magnocellular neurosecretory cells of the supraoptic and paraventricular nuclei and is stored in Herring bodies at the axon terminals in the posterior pituitary. It is then released into the blood from the posterior lobe (neurohypophysis) of the pituitary gland.”
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    The answer is “b”

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