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tergite

[tur-jahyt]
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noun
  1. the dorsal sclerite of an abdominal segment of an insect.
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Origin of tergite

First recorded in 1880–85; terg(um) + -ite1
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Examples from the Web for tergite

Historical Examples

  • Thorax much shorter than the head and than the first tergite.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • Propygidium: the dorsal segment or tergite in front of the pygidilini, sometimes left exposed in Coleoptera.

  • The tergite which covers the dorsal part of the first abdominal segment nearest to the thorax is, however, always present.

    The Flea

    Harold Russell

  • A series of paired longitudinal dorsal muscles passing from tergite to tergite of each successive segment.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • A pair of dorso-ventral muscles passing from tergite to sternite in each segment.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell