Definition of exoskeleton in English:


Line breaks: exo|skel¦eton
Pronunciation: /ˈɛksəʊˌskɛlɪt(ə)n


  • A rigid external covering for the body in some invertebrate animals, especially arthropods. Compare with endoskeleton.
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    • The trilobites comprise a major class-level clade of extinct marine arthropods characterized by calcareous, multisclerite, dorsal exoskeletons.
    • Lobsters, like all animals with exoskeletons, periodically shed their armor as they grow.
    • In these specimens the external surface of the exoskeleton is present, unless complete or partial exfoliation is noted.



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  • Both have sophisticated recognition abilities based on olfactory cues emanating from the exoskeletal cuticle.
  • In this paper we report the discovery of a nearly complete trilobite fossil over 680 mm long that yields a reconstructed exoskeletal length of more than 720 mm.
  • They considered the specimen to be testate, but where the cranidium is broken on the right posterolateral corner, there is no sign of an exoskeletal layer.

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