This is the innermost tissue layer in a developing animal embryo which will eventually become the digestive tract, respiratory tract, and various other things depending on the organism. Occurs in all animals except for sponges and placozoans. Also called the entoderm, endoblast, entoblast or hypoblast.

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En"do*derm (?), n. [Endo- + Gr. skin.] Biol. (a)

The inner layer of the skin or integument of an animal

. (b)

The innermost layer of the blastoderm and the structures derived from it; the hypoblast; the entoblast. See Illust. of Ectoderm.


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