- an external covering or integument, especially when hard, as the shells of crustaceans (opposed to endoskeleton).
Origin of exoskeleton
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The exoskeleton has the form of cycloidal or rhomboidal scales.
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The test of Ascidians is an abnormal form of exoskeleton belonging to this type.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
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The body-wall of the sea-urchin shows very well the exoskeleton composed of plates on which are borne movable strong spines.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
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- the protective or supporting structure covering the outside of the body of many animals, such as the thick cuticle of arthropodsCompare endoskeleton
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Word Origin and History for exoskeleton
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- All hard parts, such as hair, teeth, and nails, that develop from the ectoderm or mesoderm in vertebrates.
- A hard outer structure, such as the shell of an insect, that provides protection or support for an organism.
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- A hard, protective outer body covering of an animal, such as an insect, crustacean, or mollusk. The exoskeletons of insects and crustaceans are largely made of chitin. Compare endoskeleton.
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