Definition of Malpighian tubule in US English:

Malpighian tubule


  • A tubular excretory organ, numbers of which open into the gut in insects and some other arthropods.

    • ‘The drawing shows a typical alimentary canal and the Malpighian tubules of a leafhopper.’
    • ‘In contrast, the gut, the Malpighian tubules, and the fat bodies (not shown) were nearly normal in size and shape.’
    • ‘Excretion of nitrogenous waste takes place through Malpighian tubules.’
    • ‘This process has now been implicated in the function of Malpighian tubules, rectum and midgut of a variety of insects.’
    • ‘The excretory system is composed of a dorsal excretory gland and a pair of Malpighian tubules.’
    • ‘Expression has also been monitored in peripheral tissues such as the Malpighian tubules.’