proventriculus

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proventriculus

(prō′vĕn-trĭk′yə-ləs)
n. pl. proventricu·li (-lī′)
1. The division of the stomach in birds that secretes digestive enzymes and passes food from the crop to the gizzard.
2. A similar digestive chamber in certain insects and worms.

pro′ven·tric′u·lar (-lər) adj.
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Digestive tracts (developing gular pouches, proventriculi, and muscular stomachs) were dissected from 6 of the 8 birds.
Examination of the contents of proventriculi and muscular stomachs revealed that Ancient Murrelets did not feed while on the gathering ground (Sealy 1975a), despite 1st arrivals spending several hours there before flying into the colony (Sealy 1976), or possibly flying back to sea without visiting the colony.