Sternite

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sternite (Zoöl) The sternum of an arthropod somite.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sternite In Arthropoda, as an insect or a crustacean, one of the median ventral sclerites of the crust or body-wall; the median ventral piece of any segment, somite, or metamere, whether a distinct piece or only that undistinguished ventral part or region which lies between the insertions of any pair of legs or other appendages. The sternites are primitively and typically all alike, but may be variously modified in different regions of the body, or coalesced with one another or with other pieces of the exoskeleton, or suppressed. See cut under cephalothorax.
    • n sternite In entomology, specifically, the under or ventral sclerite of an abdominal segment.
    • n sternite One of the pieces of the sternum or breastbone of a vertebrate; a sterneber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sternite the ventral portion of the somite of an arthropod
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Sternum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sternon, chest.

Usage

In literature:

Sternite: the ventral piece in a ring or segment.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The vagina usually opens in front of the eighth abdominal sternite.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
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