mid·​gut | \ ˈmid-ˌgət How to pronounce midgut (audio) \

Definition of midgut

: the middle part of a digestive tract

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Recent Examples on the Web The vaccine would then attack the parasites in the mosquitoes’ midguts, making them unable to infect anyone else. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — Dr. John B. Robbins, a pioneer in vaccinology and one of the inventors of the first effective defense against a form of meningitis that once killed more than a thousand infants a day worldwide, died Nov. 27 at his home in Manhattan. He was 86.," 19 Dec. 2019 On the seventh day of this process, Vignuzzi and his postdoc Kenneth Stapleford dissected the mosquitoes, extracting virus from the midgut, salivary glands and saliva, and sequencing the viruses found in each sample. Quanta Magazine, "How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease," 25 Aug. 2015 In addition, the scientists found that these trilobites’ digestive systems included a midgut gland, which in modern arthropods is typically found in predators. National Geographic, "Found: Guts of 470-Million-Year-Old Sea Creature," 6 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of midgut

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of midgut was in 1875

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“Midgut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midgut. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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mid·​gut | \ ˈmid-ˌgət How to pronounce midgut (audio) \

Medical Definition of midgut

1 : the middle part of the digestive tract of a vertebrate embryo that in humans gives rise to the more distal part of the duodenum and to the jejunum, ileum, cecum and appendix, ascending colon, and much of the transverse colon
2 : the mesodermal intermediate part of the intestine of an invertebrate animal

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