Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
1. The definitive excretory organ of primitive fishes. Synonym(s): head kidney
2. In the embryos of higher vertebrates, a vestigial structure consisting of a series of tortuous tubules emptying into the cloaca by way of the primary nephric duct; in the human embryo, the pronephros is a very rudimentary and temporary structure, followed by the mesonephros and still later by the metanephros.
[pro- + G. nephros, kidney]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012