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the remnant of a structure that functioned in a previous stage of species or individual development. adj., adj vestig´ial.
A trace or a rudimentary structure; the degenerated remains of any structure which occurs as an entity in the embryo or fetus.
Synonym(s): vestigium [TA]
vestige/ves·tige/ (ves´tij) the remnant of a structure that functioned in a previous stage of species or individual development.vestig´ial
1. A visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more: a building that is the area's last vestige of its colonial era.
2. Biology A rudimentary or degenerate, usually nonfunctioning, structure that is the remnant of an organ or part that was fully developed or functioning in a preceding generation or an earlier stage of development.
Etymology: L, vestigium, trace
an imperfectly developed, relatively useless organ or other structure of the body that had a vital function at an earlier stage of life or in a more primitive form of life. The vermiform appendix is a vestigial organ. vestigial, adj.
A trace or a rudimentary structure; the degenerated remains of any structure that occurs as an entity in the embryo or fetus.
vestigeA body structure with no current apparent function which appears to have had a function at a previous evolutionary stage.
n an organ that has developed imperfectly and is largely considered nonfunctional. It may have provided a significant function in a more primordial type of life or during an earlier life stage. The vermiform appendix in humans is an example of a vestige.
the remnant of a structure that functioned in a previous stage of species or individual development.