Definition of exoskeleton
1 : an external supportive covering of an animal (such as an arthropod)
2 : bony or horny parts of a vertebrate produced from epidermal tissues
3 : an artificial external supporting structure
exoskeletalplay \ˌek-sō-ˈske-lə-təl\ adjective
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To wriggle out of its old exoskeleton, the spider lies on its side and slowly pulls out its legs, like someone peeling off a tight pair of jeans.
Dr. Hami Kazerooni spent years at the University of California, building prototype exoskeletons for the government.
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First Known Use of exoskeleton
Medical Definition of exoskeleton
1: an external supportive covering of an animal (as the system of sclerites covering the body of an insect)—compare endoskeleton
2: bony or horny parts (as nails, hooves, or scales) of a vertebrate produced from epidermal tissues
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