from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The alimentary canal; the intestines.
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- n. The gut, the whole intestine (alimentary) canal
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The whole alimentary, or enteric, canal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology and anatomy, the intestine, alimentary canal, or digestive space which is primitively derived from the endoderm, including its annexes and appendages, but excluding any digestive space which is primitively derived from an ingrowth of ectoderm (stomodæum or proctodæum).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the alimentary canal (especially of an embryo or a coelenterate)
Some species of a group of bacteria called enterobacteriaceae, after the Greek word enteron, which means “intestine,” are capable of making us a little sick or very sick depending on the circumstances.
However, when it was pointed out to the directors that the common medical meaning of enteron was “alimentary canal, intestines, guts,” company officials hastily demanded that a new name be found evocative of energy and the future but with no suggestion of upset stomach or bowel movement.
Enteric: relating to the digestive canal or enteron.
As in the preceding reconstruction no attempt is made to show the gill clefts, and only the dorso-ventral profile of the enteron is shown.
It lies, of course, on both sides of the enteron proper, and overlaps, anteriorly, as has been said, the posterior end of the lung.
The layers of its wall are much more fully differentiated than in the more anterior regions of the enteron.
A reconstruction, plotted from transverse sections, of the enteron of an embryo of about the age of the one shown in figure 6.
Figure 7 represents a reconstruction of the enteron of an embryo of 42 mm. crown-rump length.
A surface view of an embryo, from the dorsal aspect, at the beginning of the formation of the enteron.
In the present paper the development of the enteron is described in detail, but the derivatives of the digestive tract (liver, pancreas, lungs, etc.) are mentioned only incidentally; the development of these latter structures may be described in a later paper.
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