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sclerite

[ skleer-ahyt, skler- ]

noun

, Zoology.
  1. any chitinous, calcareous, or similar hard part, plate, spicule, or the like.


sclerite

/ sklɪəˈrɪtɪk; ˈsklɪəraɪt /

noun

  1. any of the hard chitinous plates that make up the exoskeleton of an arthropod
  2. any calcareous or chitinous part, such as a spicule or plate


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Derived Forms

  • scleritic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • scle·rit·ic [skli-, rit, -ik], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sclerite1

First recorded in 1860–65; scler- + -ite 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sclerite1

C19: from sclero- + -ite 1

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Example Sentences

Appendicle: a small appendix: in some bees, a small sclerite at tip of labrum.

Conjunctivus: a mandibular sclerite between the molar and basalis.

Submentum: the basal sclerite of the labium, by means of which it is attached to the head.

Fifth ventral sclerite of the male plainly visible; sternopleurals usually two.

Fifth ventral abdominal sclerite of the male cleft to beyond the middle; ventral sclerites usually visible, shield-like.

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