- any chitinous, calcareous, or similar hard part, plate, spicule, or the like.
Origin of sclerite
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Examples from the Web for sclerite
Platelet: a little plate or sclerite of chitin in a membrane.
Prosternum: the fore-breast: the sclerite between the fore-legs.
Axillary lobe: the sclerite covering the base of the wing in Diptera; see also alula and posterior lobe.
Epilabrum: a sclerite at each side of the labrum: specifically applied in myriapods.
Mesepimeron: in Odonata: the sclerite between humeral and first lateral suture.
- any of the hard chitinous plates that make up the exoskeleton of an arthropod
- any calcareous or chitinous part, such as a spicule or plate
C19: from sclero- + -ite 1