mesonephric

mesonephros

[mez-uh-nef-ros, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-]
noun, plural mesonephroi [mez-uh-nef-roi, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] . Embryology.
one of the three embryonic excretory organs of vertebrates, becoming the functional kidney of fishes and amphibians and becoming part of the tubules or ductules in the reproductive systems of higher vertebrates.


Origin:
1875–80; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to meso- meso- + Greek nephrós kidney

mesonephric, adjective
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mesonephros (ˌmɛsəʊˈnɛfrɒs)
 
n
pronephros See also metanephros the middle part of the embryonic kidney in vertebrates, becoming the adult kidney in fishes and amphibians and the epididymis in reptiles, birds, and mammals
 
[C19: New Latin, from meso- + Greek nephros kidney]
 
meso'nephric
 
adj

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mesonephros mes·o·neph·ros (měz'ə-něf'rəs, -rŏs', měs'-)
n. pl. mes·o·neph·roi (-něf'roi')
The second of the three excretory organs that develop in a vertebrate embryo, replaced by the metanephros in higher vertebrates. Also called wolffian body.


mes'o·neph'ric adj.
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