tergum

[ tur-guhm ]
/ ˈtɜr gəm /

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

the dorsal surface of a body segment of an arthropod.

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Origin of tergum

1820–30; <Latin: the back
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British Dictionary definitions for tergum

tergum
/ (ˈtɜːɡəm) /

noun plural -ga (-ɡə)

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

Derived forms of tergum

tergal, adjective

Word Origin for tergum

C19: from Latin: the back
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