prothoracic gland


noun

either of a pair of endocrine glands in the anterior thorax of some insects, functioning to promote the series of molts from hatching to adulthood.

Nearby words

  1. prothesis,
  2. prothetic,
  3. prothonotary,
  4. prothonotary apostolic,
  5. prothonotary warbler,
  6. prothorax,
  7. prothrombin,
  8. prothrombin accelerator,
  9. prothrombin test,
  10. prothrombinase

Origin of prothoracic gland

First recorded in 1885–90

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