Definition of Malpighian tubule in English:

Malpighian tubule

Line breaks: Mal|pig¦hian tu¦bule


  • A tubular excretory organ, numbers of which open into the gut in insects and some other arthropods.
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    • This process has now been implicated in the function of Malpighian tubules, rectum and midgut of a variety of insects.
    • The excretory system is composed of a dorsal excretory gland and a pair of Malpighian tubules.
    • Excretion of nitrogenous waste takes place through Malpighian tubules.

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