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The posterior portion of the digestive tract in vertebrates and certain invertebrates.


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



a. the last portion of the vertebrate alimentary canal, between the cecum and the anus.
b. the posterior part of the digestive tract of arthropods.
2. the posterior part of the embryonic vertebrate alimentary canal, from which the colon develops. Compare foregut, midgut.
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Noun1.hindgut - the caudal part of the alimentary canal in vertebrate embryos
internal organ, viscus - a main organ that is situated inside the body
bowel, gut, intestine - the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
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DRIP and PRIP at the apical and basal plasma membranes, respectively, act in concert to provide a major route for transcellular water movement in hindgut epithelial cells.
Ingesting 20E caused decreased feeding in larvae, exosmosis of ecdysial fluid, failure of removal of the old head capsule or exuvium, morphogenesis into a deformed pupa, bulging of the hindgut, and supernumerary instars.
The distal colon and rectum are derived from the fetal hindgut.
Tailgut cysts are believed to originate from the remnants of the embryonic hindgut.
Primordial germ cells arising from the caudal portion of yolk sac migrate along the dorsal mesentery of the hindgut to the genital ridge.
Foregut and hindgut are derived ectodermally and are lined with cuticle whereas the midgut, with a nonchitinous glandular epithelium, comes from endoderm (Felgenhauer 1992).
Lower termites obtain dietary nitrogen from nitrogen-fixing bacteria that inhabit the hindgut, as well as from uric acid digested by other bacteria harbored there (Breznak and Brune, 1994).
hindgut fermentation, two solutions for the problem faced by herbivores as to how to digest cellulose.
ruminant, nonruminating foregut fermenter, hindgut fermenter; Stevens, 1988; Alexander, 1994; Chivers and Langer, 1994).
While this is occurring, the yolk sac regresses and the allantois, a vascularized pouch from the hindgut enlarges to fill the cavity between the chorion and amnion.
the primary site of B-cell differentiation is an immunological tissue found in the hindgut called the Bursa of fabricus.
Retrorectal cystic hamartomas are rare congenital lesions derived from the vestigial portion of the embryonic hindgut.