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Question:

Which of the following structures is essential in the controlling of the autonomic functions of the peripheral nervous system?

A medulla oblongata
Explaination

The hypothalamus is the control center of many autonomic processes related to maintaining homeostasis in the body. These processes are involuntary and are necessary to the viability of a human as the hypothalamus helps to control such automatic functions such as: temperature, hunger, and thirst.[Human Body Science]