Definition of proctodeum in English:


(also proctodaeum)


Embryology Zoology
  • The posterior portion of the alimentary canal, especially in an embryo (in which it occurs as an invagination of the epiblast or ectoderm); specifically the hindgut of an insect or other arthropod.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Ray Lankester (1847–1929), zoologist. From procto- + ancient Greek ὁδαῖος that is on or by the road (in ancient Greek only in ὁδαῖα freight, merchandise; in Byzantine Greek designating the god Hermes, to whom statues were set up by the roadside; from ὁδός way + -αῖος, suffix forming adjectives) + -um, after Latin nouns in -um; compare quot. 1876.