[ hahynd-guht ]
/ ˈhaɪndˌgʌt /


  1. the last portion of the vertebrate alimentary canal, between the cecum and the anus, involved mainly with water resorption and with the storage and elimination of food residue; the large intestine.
  2. the posterior colon of arthropods, composed of ectodermal, chitin-lined tissue.
Embryology, Zoology. the posterior part of the embryonic alimentary canal from which the colon and rectum develop.

Nearby words

  1. hindenburg, paul von,
  2. hinder,
  3. hinderance,
  4. hindermost,
  5. hindfell,
  6. hindi,
  7. hindmost,
  8. hindoo,
  9. hindooism,
  10. hindoostani

Compare foregut, midgut.

Origin of hindgut

First recorded in 1875–80; hind1 + gut

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British Dictionary definitions for hindgut


/ (ˈhaɪndˌɡʌt) /


the part of the vertebrate digestive tract comprising the colon and rectum
the posterior part of the digestive tract of arthropods
See also foregut, midgut

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Medicine definitions for hindgut


[ hīndgŭt′ ]


The large intestine, rectum, and anal canal.
The caudal or terminal part of the embryonic gut.

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