archenteron

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

the primitive enteron or digestive cavity of a gastrula.

Nearby words

  1. archegoniophore,
  2. archegonium,
  3. archemorus,
  4. archencephalon,
  5. archenemy,
  6. archeo-,
  7. archeoastronomy,
  8. archeocyte,
  9. archeokinetic,
  10. archeological

Origin of archenteron

1875–80; arch-2 + enteron

Also called primitive gut.

Related formsarch·en·ter·ic [ahr-kuh n-ter-ik] /ˌɑr kənˈtɛr ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for archenteron

archenteron

noun

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