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exoskeleton

[ek-soh-skel-i-tn]
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noun Zoology.
  1. an external covering or integument, especially when hard, as the shells of crustaceans (opposed to endoskeleton).
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Origin of exoskeleton

First recorded in 1840–50; exo- + skeleton
Related formsex·o·skel·e·tal, adjective
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exoskeleton

noun
  1. 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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Derived Formsexoskeletal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for exoskeleton

n.

1847, from exo- + skeleton. Introduced by English anatomist Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892).

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exoskeleton in Medicine

exoskeleton

(ĕk′sō-skĕlĭ-tn)
n.
  1. All hard parts, such as hair, teeth, and nails, that develop from the ectoderm or mesoderm in vertebrates.
  2. A hard outer structure, such as the shell of an insect, that provides protection or support for an organism.
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exoskeleton in Science

exoskeleton

[ĕk′sō-skĕlĭ-tn]
  1. 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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