metanephros

noun
meta·neph·ros | \ -ˈne-frəs , -ˌfräs \
plural metanephroi\-ˌfrȯi \

Definition of metanephros 

: 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

Other words from metanephros

metanephric \-frik \ adjective

First Known Use of metanephros

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metanephros

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

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metanephros

noun
meta·neph·ros | \ -ˈnef-rəs, -ˌräs \
plural metanephroi\-ˌrȯi \

Medical Definition of metanephros 

: 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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