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.
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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.
(1940) Induction of pupation in the silkworm by transplanting the prothoracic gland. Proc.
Dasylophia anguina (Family Notodontidae) exhibits warning colors and throws its head back to spray acid from a prothoracic gland.