Stomodeum



noun, plural stomodea
[stoh-muh-dee-uh, stom-uh-] /ˌstoʊ məˈdi ə, ˌstɒm ə-/ (Show IPA). Embryology.
1.
a depression in the ectoderm of the oral region of a young embryo, which develops into the mouth and oral cavity.

stomodeum sto·mo·de·um (stō’mə-dē’əm)
n.
A midline ectodermal depression ventral to the embryonic brain and surrounded by the mandibular arch. It becomes continuous with the foregut and forms the mouth.
sto’mo·de’al adj.

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