the last portion of the vertebrate alimentary canal, between the cecum and the anus, involved mainly with water resorption and with the storage and elimination of food residue; the large intestine.
the posterior colon of arthropods, composed of ectodermal, chitin-lined tissue.
Embryology, Zoology. the posterior part of the embryonic alimentary canal from which the colon and rectum develop.
Compare foregut, midgut.

1875–80; hind1 + gut

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hindgut (ˈhaɪndˌɡʌt)
1.  the part of the vertebrate digestive tract comprising the colon and rectum
2.  the posterior part of the digestive tract of arthropods

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hindgut hind·gut (hīnd'gŭt')

  1. The large intestine, rectum, and anal canal.

  2. The caudal or terminal part of the embryonic gut.

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Increased hindgut fermentation with its increases in gas and acid production will change the consistency and appearance of manure.
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