[ 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.
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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Medical definitions for hindgut

[ hīndgŭt′ ]


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