Definition of sclerotized in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskli(ə)rəˌtīzd/ Pronunciation: /ˈskler-/
(also sclerotised)


(Of an insect’s body, or part of one) hardened by conversion into sclerotin.
Example sentences
  • The cephalothorax of spiders is a sclerotized body part that does not change after the final molt.
  • The sclerotized spermatheca is flexible and has muscle attachments between the base of the body of the spermatheca and its apex.
  • The larvae have a non-retracting head capsule, consisting of sclerotized chitin, which bears opposing mandibles, antennae, eyespots, and various other sensory structures.



Pronunciation: /ˌskli(ə)rətəˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /ˌskler-/
Example sentences
  • Soldiers appear darker than do nonsoldier nymphs, owing to a higher degree of sclerotization, and have larger hind-legs then do nonsoldiers.
  • They also display a unique phenotype characterized by excessive sclerotization of the anterior-most cuticle.
  • Catecholamines are required for proper melanization and sclerotization of the Drosophila cuticle.

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Syllabification: scle·ro·tized

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