metanephros

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

Definition of metanephros

plural metanephroi play \-ˌfrȯi\
: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

metanephric

play \-frik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of metanephros

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


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metanephros

noun meta·neph·ros \ -ˈnef-rəs, -ˌräs \

medical Definition of metanephros

plural metanephroi play \-ˌrȯi\
: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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