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noun Zoology.
  1. the outer or lateral branch of a two-branched crustacean leg or appendage.Compare endopodite, protopodite.
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Also ex·o·pod [ek-suh-pod] /ˈɛk səˌpɒd/.

Origin of exopodite

First recorded in 1865–70; exo- + -pod + -ite1
Related formsex·op·o·dit·ic [ek-sop-uh-dit-ik] /ɛkˌsɒp əˈdɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for exopodite

Historical Examples

  • The third exopodite of the cephalon was apparently about 15 mm.

    The Appendages, Anatomy, and Relationships of Trilobites

    Percy Edward Raymond

  • En6, The rudimentary sixth endite (exopodite of higher Crustacea).

  • Exopodite: The outer one of the two main branches into which the typical limb of any segment is divided.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • The exopodite is present on the maxillipeds, but disappears from the walking-feet in the higher forms.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • The exopodite, however, is much smaller than the endopodite, and it ends in a flexible lash made up of many small segments.

    The Life of Crustacea

    William Thomas Calman