[ met-uh-thawr-aks, -thohr- ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈθɔr æks, -ˈθoʊr- /

noun, plural met·a·tho·rax·es, met·a·tho·ra·ces [met-uh-thawr-uh-seez, -thohr-] /ˌmɛt əˈθɔr əˌsiz, -ˈθoʊr-/.

the posterior division of the thorax of an insect, bearing the third pair of legs and the second pair of wings.

Origin of metathorax

First recorded in 1810–20; meta- + thorax


met·a·tho·rac·ic [met-uh-thaw-ras-ik, -thoh-] /ˌmɛt ə θɔˈræs ɪk, -θoʊ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for metathorax

/ (ˌmɛtəˈθɔːræks) /

noun plural -raxes or -races (-rəˌsiːz)

the third and last segment of an insect's thorax, which bears the third pair of walking legs and the second pair of wingsSee also prothorax, mesothorax

Derived forms of metathorax

metathoracic (ˌmɛtəθɔːˈræsɪk), adjective
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