Meaning of hindgut


Pronunciation: (hīnd'gut"), [key]
— n.
    1. the last portion of the vertebrate alimentary canal, between the cecum and the anus, involved mainly with water resorption and with the storage and elimination of food residue; the large intestine.
    2. the posterior colon of arthropods, composed of ectodermal, chitin-lined tissue.
  1. the posterior part of the embryonic alimentary canal from which the colon and rectum develop. Cf. foregut, midgut.
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