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foregut

[fawr-guht, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌgʌt, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
Zoology.
  1. the first portion of the vertebrate alimentary canal, extending from the pharynx and esophagus to the end of the stomach or gizzard and, in some animals, the anterior duodenum, functioning in the ingestion, temporary storage, and partial digestion of food.
  2. the first portion of the alimentary canal in arthropods and annelids, composed of ectodermal, chitin-lined tissue and usually comprising the pharynx, esophagus, crop, and gizzard.
2.
Embryology. (in mammals) the upper part of the embryonic alimentary canal from which the pharynx, esophagus, lung, stomach, liver, pancreas, and part of the duodenum develop.
Compare midgut, hindgut.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; fore- + gut
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British Dictionary definitions for foregut

foregut

/ˈfɔːˌɡʌt/
noun
1.
the anterior part of the digestive tract of vertebrates, between the buccal cavity and the bile duct
2.
the anterior part of the digestive tract of arthropods
See also midgut, hindgut
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foregut in Medicine

foregut fore·gut (fôr'gŭt')
n.
The anterior part of the embryonic alimentary canal of a vertebrate from which the pharynx, lungs, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, and duodenum develop.

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