Definition of tergal in English:

tergal

Line breaks: ter¦gal
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːg(ə)l
 
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adjective

Zoology
  • Relating to the terga of an arthropod.
    More 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.

Origin

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

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