endostyle defined in 1951 yearendostyle - endostyle;
endostyle - Structure concerned in ciliary feeding, present in Urochordata, Acrania, and ammocoete larva of lamprey. Consists of a ciliated and glandular groove or pocket in ventral wall of pharynx. Produces threads of mucus to which food particles adhere and which are passed round pharynx and backwards into gullet by ciliary action. Thyroid of adult lamprey develops from duct of endostyle of ammocoete larva. Thyroid of vertebrates is therefore considered to be homologous with endostyle.
near endostyle in Knolik
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