[ fawr-guht, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌgʌt, ˈfoʊr- /


  1. the first portion of the vertebrate alimentary canal, extending from the pharynx and esophagus to the end of the stomach or gizzard and, in some animals, the anterior duodenum, functioning in the ingestion, temporary storage, and partial digestion of food.
  2. the first portion of the alimentary canal in arthropods and annelids, composed of ectodermal, chitin-lined tissue and usually comprising the pharynx, esophagus, crop, and gizzard.
Embryology. (in mammals) the upper part of the embryonic alimentary canal from which the pharynx, esophagus, lung, stomach, liver, pancreas, and part of the duodenum develop.
Compare midgut, hindgut.

Origin of foregut

First recorded in 1885–90; fore- + gut Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foregut


/ (ˈfɔːˌɡʌt) /


the anterior part of the digestive tract of vertebrates, between the buccal cavity and the bile duct
the anterior part of the digestive tract of arthropods
See also midgut, hindgut
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Medicine definitions for foregut


[ fôrgŭt′ ]


The anterior part of the embryonic alimentary canal of a vertebrate from which the pharynx, lungs, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, and duodenum develop.
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