Definition: a tubular outgrowth of ectoderm from the stomodeum of the embryo; it grows dorsad to the infundibular process of the diencephalon, around which it forms a cuplike mass, giving rise to the pars distalis and pars juxtaneuralis of the hypophysis.
Synonym(s): adenohypophysial diverticulum, craniopharyngeal canal, hypophysial diverticulum, hypophysial pouch
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