gill cleft


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gill cleft

 (gĭl)
n.
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Noun1.gill cleft - one of a series of slit openings in the pharynxes of fishes and aquatic amphibians through which water passes
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
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Eventually a gill skeleton develops around the perimeter of the gill cleft, elongating it into a dorsoventrally elongated gill slit (data not shown).