gill slit

noun

Definition of gill slit

1 : any of the openings or clefts between the gill arches in vertebrates that breathe by gills through which water taken in at the mouth passes to the exterior and so bathes the gills
2 : any of the rudimentary grooves in the neck region of the embryos of air-breathing vertebrates that correspond to the gill slits
3 : the external opening to the cavity containing the gills when a protective covering of the gills is present

Examples of gill slit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also like other pygmy seahorses, the African species has only one gill slit on its upper back, instead of two below each side of the head, like larger seahorses—another mystery. National Geographic, "New species of pygmy seahorse found in Japan," 20 May 2020 But to breathe, most pull oxygen-containing water into their mouths and pump it through their gill chambers before expelling it out of their gill slits. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: The science of false confessions, transforming blood types, and Brazil’s war on drugs," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of gill slit

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gill slit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gill%20slit. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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gill slit

noun

Medical Definition of gill slit

: one of the openings or clefts between the gill arches in vertebrates that breathe by gills through which water taken in at the mouth passes to the exterior and bathes the gills also : branchial cleft

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