- a wing membrane, as of a bat.
- the extensible fold of skin of certain insects or of a gliding mammal or reptile, as a flying squirrel.
- either of two small processes on the anterior thorax, found especially among butterflies and moths.
Origin of patagium
Examples from the Web for patagium
Historical Examples of patagium
Patagium complete, enveloping the arms completely, so that the whole body represents a regular hexagonal disk.
Patagium incomplete, enveloping only the basal half of the arms, forming a regular square with concave sides.
Patagium incomplete, enveloping only the basal half of the arms as a circular spongy disk of loose framework.
Patagium incomplete, enveloping only the basal half of the arms, with four to five rectilinear parallel chamber-rows.
Patagium complete, enveloping the whole disk with the arms, and forming a larger elliptical disk of looser framework.
- a web of skin between the neck, limbs, and tail in bats and gliding mammals that functions as a wing
- a membranous fold of skin connecting margins of a bird's wing to the shoulder