Definition of sternite in English:

sternite

Syllabification: ster·nite
Pronunciation: /ˈstərˌnīt
 
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noun

Entomology
  • (In an insect) a sclerotized plate forming the sternum of a segment. Compare with tergite.
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    • Over 100 specimens of M. serendipitous exhibit part or all of the dorsal carapace, the abdomen and telson, or the thoracic sternites with some attached pereiopods.
    • Dissecting these partially rescued pharate adults from the pupal cases revealed that some adult structures were at least partially formed, including wings, tergites, sternites, thorax, and bristles.
    • The sternite of that segment is also modified, being slightly wider and longer than the sternites immediately preceding and following it and with a more strongly recurved anterior margin and larger coxal sockets.

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