nephridium

[ nuh-frid-ee-uhm ]
/ nəˈfrɪd i əm /

noun, plural ne·phrid·i·a [nuh-frid-ee-uh]. /nəˈfrɪd i ə/. Zoology.

the excretory organ of many invertebrates, consisting of a tubule with one end opening into the body cavity and the other opening into a pore at the body surface.

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Origin of nephridium

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at nephr-, -idium

OTHER WORDS FROM nephridium

ne·phrid·i·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nephridium

nephridium
/ (nɪˈfrɪdɪəm) /

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)

a simple excretory organ of many invertebrates, consisting of a tube through which waste products pass to the exterior

Derived forms of nephridium

nephridial, adjective

Word Origin for nephridium

C19: New Latin: little kidney
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Medical definitions for nephridium

nephridium
[ nə-frĭdē-əm ]

n. pl. ne•phrid•i•a (-ē-ə)

The embryonic excretory organ from which the kidney develops.
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