Arthrostraca

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Arthrostraca (Zoöl) One of the larger divisions of Crustacea, so called because the thorax and abdomen are both segmented; Tetradecapoda. It includes the Amphipoda and Isopoda.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • arthrostraca In Gegenbaur's system of classification, one of two prime divisions of malacostracous crustaceans (the other being Thoracostraca), corresponding approximately to the edriophthalmous or sessile-eyed crustaceans of other authors, and divided into the three orders Amphipoda, Læmodipoda, and Isopoda.
    • arthrostraca In Burmeister's system of classification, one of three orders of Crustacea (the other two being Aspidostraca and Thoracostraca), divided into nine lesser groups.
    • arthrostraca An order of Arthropoda, including those malacostracous crustaceans which have the first, and sometimes the second, thoracic segment fused with the head and bearing maxillipeds, while the remaining seven are free and bear legs, the eyes usually being sessile. The order includes the Amphipoda and the Isopoda.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. 'a`rqron joint + a shell