apodeme

noun
ap·​o·​deme | \ ˈapəˌdēm \
variants: or less commonly apodema \ əˈpädəmə \
plural apodemes\ -​ēmz \ also apodemas\ -​əməz \ or apodemata\ ˌapəˈdemətə \

Definition of apodeme

: one of the internal ridges or ingrowths from the exoskeleton of most arthropods that support the internal organs, provide points of attachment for the muscles, and constitute the endoskeleton of the animal

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History and Etymology for apodeme

New Latin apodema, from apo- + -dema (from Greek demas body, bodily build); akin to Greek demein to build

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“Apodeme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apodeme. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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