Definition of exopodite in English:


Line breaks: ex¦opo|dite
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈsɒpədʌɪt
(also exopod /ˈɛksə(ʊ)pɒd/)


  • The outer branch of the biramous limb or appendage of a crustacean. Compare with endopodite, protopodite.
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    • Nevertheless, in spite of these differences the basic biramous division of the limb into exopodite and endopodite was consistently maintained throughout the group.
    • The detailed structure of both exopods and endopods varied, both along the trunk of individual trilobites, and among different taxa.
    • Our cladistic analysis confirms that the taxa included form a solid clade based on the apomorphic presence of a diaresis on the exopod of the uropod.


late 19th century: from exo- 'outside' + Greek pous, pod- 'foot' + -ite1.

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