Definition of tergite in English:

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tergite

Pronunciation: /ˈtərjīt/

noun

Entomology
(In an insect) a sclerotized plate forming the tergum of a segment. Compare with sternite.
Example sentences
  • These muscles are arranged as a series of parallel muscle fibers from the lateral edge of the dorsal tergite to the ventral sternite.
  • They are distinguished by prominent keeled tergites, and legs with eight segments and well sclerotised exoskeleton.
  • Unlike centipedes, there are more tergites than segments.

Origin

Late 19th century: from tergum + -ite1.

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