archenteron

[ ahr-ken-tuh-ron ]
/ ɑrˈkɛn təˌrɒn /

noun, plural arch·en·ter·a [ahr-ken-ter-uh] /ɑrˈkɛn tər ə/. Embryology.

the primitive enteron or digestive cavity of a gastrula.

Origin of archenteron

1875–80; arch-2 + enteron
Also called primitive gut.

Related forms

arch·en·ter·ic [ahr-kuh n-ter-ik] /ˌɑr kənˈtɛr ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for archenteron

archenteron

/ (ɑːˈkɛntəˌrɒn) /

noun

the cavity within an embryo at the gastrula stage of development that eventually becomes the digestive cavity

Derived Forms

archenteric (ˌɑːkənˈtɛrɪk), adjective

Word Origin for archenteron

C19: from Greek arkhē beginning + enteron intestine
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Medicine definitions for archenteron

archenteron

[ är-kĕntə-rŏn′, -tər-ən ]

n.

gastrocele
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