- the basal portion of a two-branched crustacean leg or other appendage.
Also pro·to·pod [proh-tuh-pod] /ˈproʊ təˌpɒd/.
Origin of protopodite
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Examples from the Web for protopodite
No blade-like projection is as yet developed on their protopodite.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
The protopodite consists of two segments, the first very short, and the second much longer.The Life of Crustacea
William Thomas Calman
Protopodite, endopodite, exopodite, and epipodite were considered to be the morphological units of the crustacean limb.
The chelæ were measured from the inner angle of the joint of the protopodite to the angle of articulation with the dactylopodite.
The coxopodite does not correspond to the protopodite of higher Crustacea, the basipodite remaining as a separate entity.The Appendages, Anatomy, and Relationships of Trilobites
Percy Edward Raymond