[ fat-bod-ee ]
/ ˈfætˌbɒd i /
noun, plural fat·bod·ies. Entomology.
a diffuse tissue of insects, having numerous functions including food storage, metabolism, and storage of wastes and in some insects modified as a light-producing organ.
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Also fat bod·y, fat-bod·y.
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British Dictionary definitions for fat body
a mass of fatty tissue in insects, used as an energy source during hibernation and metamorphosis
a similar tissue mass in amphibians and reptiles
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