Can you explain the meaning of the word notochord.

Asked by  | 30th Jun, 2008, 10:54: AM

Expert Answer:

Notochord is an important feature present in several animals. It is a flexible rod-shaped structure found in embryos of many animals. It develops from mesoderm. It forms the supporting axis of the body in the lower vertebrates and in embryos of higher vertebrates.In higher vertebrates, it gets replaced by the vertebral column or backbone.

Answered by  | 30th Jun, 2008, 11:28: AM

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