apodeme

noun ap·o·deme \ ˈapəˌdēm \
variants: or less commonly apodema \əˈpädəmə\

Definition of apodeme

plural apodemes \-ēmz\ also apodemas \-əməz\ or apodemata \ˌapəˈdemətə\
: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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Origin and Etymology of apodeme

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


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