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In E. R. Lankester's terminology: designating a process of eversion of an organ, or the organ itself, which takes place by the emergence of the sides first, rather than the tip.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Ray Lankester (1847–1929), zoologist. From pleuro- + ancient Greek ἔκβολος cast out, put out + -ic.
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