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The posterior portion of the digestive tract in vertebrates and certain invertebrates.
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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
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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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Episode three examines the inner and outer worlds of ruminants like sheep, cows and deer and we also look at the digestion traits of hindgut fermenters like the horse and the rabbit.
Known as hindgut fermenters, they include species such as rabbits or horses who are utterly reliant on their gut microbes to digest their food.
Finally, tailgut cysts are congenital malformations in the presacral space and are a malformed remnant of the hindgut. (12) Tailgut cysts predominantly affect women, and while they can present in patients of any age, they usually appear between the ages of 30 and 60.
Then, 21 tissues (telencephalon, hypothalamus, mesencephalon, cerebellum, myelencephalon, liver, spleen, heart, eye, skin, foregut, gill, white muscle, hindgut, midgut, red muscle, trunk kidney and gonad) were removed immediately and stored in liquid nitrogen.
Effects of subacuteruminal acidosis challenges on fermentation and endotoxins in the rumen and hindgut of dairy cows.
Conventional polymerase chain reaction testing of the triatomine hindgut was negative for T.
Urinary nitrogen excretion is hypothesized to be partially shifted to bacterial protein in feces by including fibrous feedstuffs in the diet when stimulating the fermentation in the hindgut [4].
These lesions result from an abnormal closure of the ectodermal tube or sequestration of the developing hindgut. The former, named dermoid and epidermoid cysts, are always lined by squamous epithelium, with or without skin appendages.
They focused on one part of endoderm internalization: the hindgut, which gives rise to half of the small intestine, the large intestine, and colon.
GEP-NENs were divided according to their site of origin into foregut (lung, stomach, duodenum and pancreas), midgut (distal jejunum, ileum, appendix, and cecum) and hindgut (colon and rectum) neuroendocrine tumors [2].
NETs are classified based on their embryonic origin and vascular supply (foregut, midgut and hindgut).
He placed particular emphasis on the foregut and hindgut hypotheses.