noun (plural coxae /ˈkäksē/ /-sī/)Anatomy
1.1 Entomology The first or basal segment of the leg of an insect.
- The leg of the latter has few segments: coxa, basis, and perhaps four endopod segments.
- Burke interpreted the ventral sclerite as being solely comprised of the sternite fused with the coxae.
- I assume that in lichids the coxae were spinose, and that their movements carried food particles forward along the midline.
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- Such particles were further comminuted between the coxal spines and ridges.
- Each coxal bone forms with the fusion of three bones.
- The sacrum, coccyx, and the two coxal bones form the pelvis.
Late 17th century: from Latin, 'hip'.
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