tergum

[ tur-guh m ]
/ ˈtɜr gəm /
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noun, plural ter·ga [tur-guh] /ˈtɜr gə/. Zoology.

the dorsal surface of a body segment of an arthropod.

Origin of tergum

1820–30; < Latin: the back
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tergum

/ (ˈtɜːɡəm) /

noun plural -ga (-ɡə)

a cuticular plate covering the dorsal surface of a body segment of an arthropodCompare sternum (def. 3)
Derived Formstergal, adjective

Word Origin for tergum

C19: from Latin: the back
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