archenteron

[ ahr-ken-tuh-ron ]

noun,plural arch·en·ter·a [ahr-ken-ter-uh]. /ɑrˈkɛn tər ə/. Embryology.
  1. the primitive enteron or digestive cavity of a gastrula.

Origin of archenteron

1
1875–80; arch-2 + enteron
  • Also called primitive gut.

Other words from archenteron

  • arch·en·ter·ic [ahr-kuhn-ter-ik], /ˌɑr kənˈtɛr ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for archenteron

archenteron

/ (ɑːˈkɛntəˌrɒn) /


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

Origin of archenteron

1
C19: from Greek arkhē beginning + enteron intestine

Derived forms of archenteron

  • archenteric (ˌɑːkənˈtɛrɪk), adjective

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