Definition of tergal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtərɡəl/


Relating to a tergum of an arthropod.
Example sentences
  • In places, portions of the sternites can be seen where the tergal cuticle has broken away.
  • The cuticle of juvenile stages is thin and weakly sclerotized, and sternal and tergal plates are barely recognizable in the light microscope.
  • They also discovered a contact sex pheromone in the female's tergal gland - the first time such a pheromone has been identified for any termite species.


Mid 19th century: from Latin tergum 'back' + -al.

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Syllabification: ter·gal

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