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the remnant of a structure that functioned in a previous stage of species or individual development. adj., adj vestig´ial.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
A trace or a rudimentary structure; the degenerated remains of any structure that occurs as an entity in the embryo or fetus.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
vestigeA body structure with no current apparent function which appears to have had a function at a previous evolutionary stage.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005