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metanephros

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noun meta·neph·ros \-ˈne-frəs, -ˌfräs\

Definition of metanephros

plural meta·neph·roiplay \-ˌfrȯi\

  1. :  either member of the final and most caudal pair of the three successive pairs of vertebrate renal organs that functions as a permanent adult kidney in reptiles, birds, and mammals but is not present at all in lower forms — compare mesonephros, pronephros

meta·neph·ric play \-frik\ adjective


Origin of metanephros

New Latin, from meta- + Greek nephros kidney — more at nephritis


First Known Use: 1884


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metanephros

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noun meta·neph·ros \-ˈnef-rəs, -ˌräs\

Medical Definition of metanephros

plural meta·neph·roi \-ˌrȯi\play

  1. :  either member of the final and most caudal pair of the three successive pairs of vertebrate renal organs that functions as a permanent adult kidney in reptiles, birds, and mammals but is not present at all in lower forms—compare mesonephros, pronephros




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