[proh-nef-ros, -ruh s]
- one of the three embryonic excretory organs of vertebrates, which becomes the functional kidney of certain primitive fishes.
Origin of pronephros
1875–80; < New Latin < Greek pro- pro-2 + nephrós kidney
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Examples from the Web for pronephros
The knob forms the only structure which can be regarded as a rudiment of the pronephros.
For a considerable period the pronephros constitutes the sole functional part of the excretory system.
They are present for a considerable portion of the body cavity, extending backwards from a point shortly behind the pronephros.
Eventually however the formation of the mesonephros commences, and is followed by the atrophy of the pronephros.
For a long time the pronephros and its duct form the only excretory organs of larval Amphibia.
C19: New Latin, from pro- ² + Greek nephros kidney
- A kidneylike organ, being either part of the most anterior pair of three pairs of organs in a vertebrate embryo, usually disappearing early in embryonic development.
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