Wolffian body

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Wolff·i·an body

[After Kaspar Friedrich Wolff.]
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Wolffian body

(Zoology) embryol another name for mesonephros
[C19: named after K. F. Wolff (1733–94), German embryologist]
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(ˌmɛz əˈnɛf rɒs, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə-)

n., pl. -roi (-roi).
an excretory organ of vertebrate embryos, developing into the functional kidney in fishes and amphibians and into part of the ducts and tubules of the reproductive system in reptiles, birds, and mammals.
[1875–80; meso- + Greek nephrós kidney]
mes`o•neph′ric, adj.
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The gonad, arising as an indifferent sex gland from the medial surface of the wolffian body, comes to lie in front of the primitive kidney on the posterior wall of the abdomen.