prothoracic gland


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prothoracic gland

n.
Either of a pair of endocrine glands located in the prothorax of certain insects and secreting a hormone that regulates molting.

prothorac′ic gland`


n.
either of a pair of endocrine glands in the thorax of some insects, functioning to promote molting.
[1885–90]
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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.