nProtopodite(Zoöl) The basal portion, or two proximal and more or less consolidated segments, of an appendage of a crustacean.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nprotopoditeIn Crustacea, the first or basal division of an appendage of a segment, by which such appendage articulates with its somite; the root or first joint of a limb, which may bear an endopodite or an exopodite, or both of these. See endopodite, and cut under chela.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Proto-, + Gr. , , foot
Protopodite, endopodite, exopodite, and epipodite were considered to be the morphological units of the crustacean limb.
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