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Rathke's pouch

[raht-kuh z]
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noun Embryology.
  1. an invagination of stomodeal ectoderm developing into the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland.

Origin of Rathke's pouch

1940–45; named after Martin Heinrich Rathke (1793–1860), German anatomist
Also called Rathke's pocket.
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