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Medical Term:

vomeronasal organ


Definition: a sense organ for pheromones in lower animals, usually regresses after the sixth month of gestation in humans; of debatable functional significance in humans when it does exist in vestigal form; located in a small canal, ending in a blind pouch, in the mucous membrane of the nasal septum, beginning just behind and above the incisive canal.

Synonym(s): organum vomeronasaleTA, Jacobson organ

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