peritrophic membrane


peritrophic membrane
(ARTHROPODA)
An extracellular sheath in which chitin is present, separating the apical surface of the mid-gut that protects the gut cells from mechanical damage caused by abrasive food particles; usually loosening from the mid-gut and remaining around the food, passing with the feces.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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