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Rathke's pouch

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A depression in the roof of the embryonic mouth in front of the buccopharyngeal membrane. The anterior lobe of the pituitary arises from this stricture.


  • M. H. Rathke:
    Entwicklungsgeschichte der Natter (Coluber natrix). Königsberg, Bornträger, 1839.
  • Entwicklungsgeschichte der Wirbeltiere. Leipzig 1861.
We thank Patrick Jucker-Kupper, Switzerland, for information submitted.

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