[proh-thawr-aks, -thohr-]

noun, plural pro·tho·rax·es, pro·tho·ra·ces [proh-thawr-uh-seez, -thohr-] /proʊˈθɔr əˌsiz, -ˈθoʊr-/.

the anterior division of the thorax of an insect, bearing the first pair of legs.

Origin of prothorax

From New Latin, dating back to 1820–30; see origin at pro-1, thorax
Related formspro·tho·rac·ic [proh-thaw-ras-ik, -thoh-] /ˌproʊ θɔˈræs ɪk, -θoʊ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -thoraxes or -thoraces (-ˈθɔːrəˌsiːz)

the first segment of the thorax of an insect, which bears the first pair of walking legsSee also mesothorax, metathorax
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