- one of the three embryonic excretory organs of higher vertebrates, becoming the permanent and functional kidney.
Origin of metanephros
1875–80; < New Latin < Greek meta- meta- + nephrós kidney
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This mass of mesoblastic cells may be called the metanephric blastema.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
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C19: New Latin, from meta- + Greek nephros kidney
- The third and final excretory organ that develops in a vertebrate embryo. In birds, reptiles, and mammals it replaces the mesonephros as the functional excretory organ and develops into the adult kidney.