Definition of amniote in English:

amniote

Line breaks: am¦ni|ote
Pronunciation: /ˈamnɪəʊt
 
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noun

Zoology
  • An animal whose embryo develops in an amnion and chorion and has an allantois; a mammal, bird, or reptile.
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    • Vertebral counts in modern amniotes, amphibians, and fish, can vary due to environment or change with growth.
    • The sequence from the early amniotes to the early mammals is the most fully documented of the major transitions in vertebrate evolution.
    • The ancestral amniotes were small animals, superficially resembling primitive, insectivorous lizards.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Amniota, back-formation from amniotic.

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