Pronunciation: (hīnd'gut"), [key]
a. the last portion of the vertebrate alimentary canal, between the cecum and the anus, involved mainly with water resorption and with the storage and elimination of food residue; the large intestine.
b. the posterior colon of arthropods, composed of ectodermal, chitin-lined tissue.
2. Embryol., Zool.the posterior part of the embryonic alimentary canal from which the colon and rectum develop. Cf. foregut, midgut.
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