mesonephros

noun me·so·neph·ros \ ˌme-zə-ˈne-frəs , ˌmē- , -sə- , -ˌfräs \

Definition of mesonephros

plural mesonephroi play \-ˌfrȯi\
:either member of the second and midmost of the three paired vertebrate renal organs that functions in adult fishes and amphibians but functions only in the embryo of reptiles, birds, and mammals in which it is replaced by a metanephros in the adult — compare metanephros, pronephros

mesonephric

play \-frik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of mesonephros

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


Medical Dictionary

mesonephros

noun me·so·neph·ros \ ˌmez-ə-ˈnef-rəs , ˌmēz- , ˌmēs- , ˌmes- , -ˌräs \

medical Definition of mesonephros

plural mesonephroi play \-ˌrȯi\
:either member of the second and midmost of the three paired vertebrate renal organs that functions in adult fishes and amphibians but functions only in the embryo of reptiles, birds, and mammals in which it is replaced by a metanephros in the adult called also Wolffian body; compare pronephros

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