variants or less commonly apodema
plural apodemes
also apodemas
or apodemata
: 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

Word History


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 6 Dec. 2023.

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