foregut

noun
fore·​gut | \ ˈfȯr-ˌgət How to pronounce foregut (audio) \

Definition of foregut

: the anterior part of the digestive tract of a vertebrate embryo that develops into the pharynx, esophagus, stomach, and extreme anterior part of the intestine

Examples of foregut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Taylor explains to Osborne, O. quadrata’s three main stomach teeth rub against each other to grind up food in the animal’s foregut. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ghost Crabs Use Teeth in Their Stomachs to Ward Off Predators," 12 Sep. 2019

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1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Foregut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foregut. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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foregut

noun
fore·​gut | \ -ˌgət How to pronounce foregut (audio) \

Medical Definition of foregut

1 : the anterior part of the digestive tract of a vertebrate embryo that develops into the pharynx, esophagus, stomach, and extreme anterior part of the intestine
2 : the anterior part of the definitive digestive tract of an invertebrate animal

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