proctodeum

[prok-tuh-dee-uh m]

noun, plural proc·to·de·a [prok-tuh-dee-uh] /ˌprɒk təˈdi ə/, proc·to·de·ums. Embryology.

a depression in the ectoderm of the anal region of a young embryo, which develops into part of the anal canal.

Origin of proctodeum

1875–80; < New Latin < Greek prōkt- proct- + New Latin -odeum < Greek hodaîon, neuter of hodaîos on or by the way; see -ode2, -eum
Related formsproc·to·de·al, adjective
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proctodeal in Medicine

proctodeal

[prŏk′tə-dēəl]

adj.

Of or relating to the proctodeum.

proctodeum

n. pl. proc•to•de•ums

An inward fold on the surface of the embryonic ectoderm that develops into part of the anal passage.anal pit
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