tergum

[tur-guh m]

Origin of tergum

1820–30; < Latin: the back
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tergum

noun plural -ga (-ɡə)
  1. 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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