- A trace or a rudimentary structure; the degenerated remains of any structure which occurs as an entity in the embryo or fetus. SYN: vestigium [TA]. [L. vestigium]- v. of ductus deferens [TA] remnant in a female of the portion of the embryonic mesonephric duct that develops into the ductus deferens in males.- v. of processus vaginalis [TA] incompletely obliterated remnants of the vaginal process of the peritoneum remaining in the spermatic cord. SYN: vestigium processus vaginalis [TA], v. of vaginal process.
* * *ves·tige 'ves-tij n a bodily part or organ that is small and degenerate or imperfectly developed in comparison to one more fully developed in an earlier stage of the individual, in a past generation, or in closely related forms
* * *ves·tige (vesґtij) the remnant of a structure that functioned in a previous stage of species or individual development; called also vestigium.
Medical dictionary. 2011.