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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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2] They originate from neuroendocrine cells, and can be divided into different embryological sites of origin: tumours of the fore-gut, the mid-gut and hind-gut.
Parasitic protozoans are transformed into promastigotes in the fore-gut, mid-gut or hind-gut of the flies.
1979) reported that hind-gut length was relatively larger in Svalbard reindeer than mainland reindeer, and suggested that this was an adaptation to the low-quality, graminoid-dominated forage that characterized their diet in winter.