The flies had all been attacked by the larva, the abdomens of some and the thoraces of others having been eaten.
"chest," c.1400, from Latin thorax, from Greek thorax (genitive thorakos) "breastplate, chest," of unknown origin.
thorax tho·rax (thôr'āks')
n. pl. tho·rax·es or tho·ra·ces (thôr'ə-sēz')
The part of the human body between the neck and the diaphragm, partially encased by the ribs and containing the heart and lungs; the chest.
A part in other vertebrates that corresponds to the human thorax.
The second or middle region of the body of an arthropod, between the head and the abdomen, in insects bearing the legs and wings.
Plural thoraxes or thoraces (thôr'ə-sēz')
The part of the body between the neck and diaphragm; the chest.