bursa of Fabricius


noun Ornithology.

a lymphoid gland of the cloaca in birds, believed to function in disease resistance, and closing or disappearing as the bird ages.

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Origin of bursa of Fabricius

after Hieronymus Fabricius ab Aquapendente (1537–1619), Italian anatomist, who discovered it
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