Prothoracic gland - definition of prothoracic gland by The Free Dictionary
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Either of a pair of endocrine glands located in the prothorax of certain insects and secreting a hormone that regulates molting.
either of a pair of endocrine glands in the thorax of some insects, functioning to promote molting.
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Ultrastructure of exocrine prothoracic gland
of Datana ministra (Drury) (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) and the nature of its secretion.
An ecdysteroid biosynthesized and released in prothoracic gland
was unambiguously determined as ecdysone by the application of GC-MS analysis developed by us.
Ultrastructural and immunocytochemical investigation of ecdysteroid secretion by the prothoracic gland
of the waxmoth Galleria mellonella.