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archenteron

[ ahr-ken-tuh-ron ]
/ ɑrˈkɛn təˌrɒn /
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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.
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Also called primitive gut.

Origin of archenteron

1875–80; arch-2 + enteron

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

Derived forms of archenteron

archenteric (ˌɑːkənˈtɛrɪk), adjective

Word Origin for archenteron

C19: from Greek arkhē beginning + enteron intestine
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