hind·​gut ˈhīn(d)-ˌgət How to pronounce hindgut (audio)
: the posterior part of the digestive tract
also : intestine

Examples of hindgut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sugiura hypothesized that the beetle was using its legs to stimulate the hindgut, forcing the frog to defecate so the beetle could escape. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Oct. 2023 Although the cockroach's hindgut contained abundant β-1,3-glucanase activity, its feces had no detectable enzymatic function. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 13 Feb. 2014 Trypanosoma cruzi parasites, the causative agent of Chagas disease, in the hindgut of a triatomine bug. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 29 July 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hindgut was in 1878

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“Hindgut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hindgut. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


hind·​gut -ˌgət How to pronounce hindgut (audio)
: the posterior part of the embryonic digestive tract

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