[ tag-muh ]
/ ˈtæg mə /
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noun, plural tag·ma·ta [tag-muh-tuh]. /ˈtæg mə tə/.
each of the morphologically distinct sections of the body of an arthropod, comprised of two or more segments, as the head, thorax, and abdomen of an insect.
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Origin of tagma
First recorded in 1885–90; from Greek tágma “ordinance, assessment, order, rank”; see origin at tactic
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Example sentences from the Web for tagma
Eleven somites follow these, forming the abdominal “tagma,” giving thus twenty-one somites in all (as in the higher Crustacea).
British Dictionary definitions for tagma
/ (ˈtæɡmə) /
noun plural -mata (-mətə)
zoology a distinct region of the body of an arthropod, such as the head, thorax, or abdomen of an insect
Word Origin for tagma
C19: from Greek: something arranged, from tassein to put in order
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