[ yoo r-uh-pod ]
/ ˈyʊər əˌpɒd /


an abdominal limb of an arthropod, especially one of those on either side of the telson, as in a lobster.

Origin of uropod

First recorded in 1885–90; uro-2 + -pod

Related forms

u·rop·o·dal [yoo-rop-uh-dl] /yʊˈrɒp ə dl/, u·rop·o·dous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for uropod


/ (ˈjʊərəʊˌpɒd) /


the paired appendage that arises from the last segment of the body in lobsters and related crustaceans and forms part of the tail fan

Derived Forms

uropodal (jʊˈrɒpədəl) or uropodous, adjective

Word Origin for uropod

C19: from uro- ² + -pod
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