exo·​skel·​e·​ton | \ ˌek-sō-ˈske-lə-tən How to pronounce exoskeleton (audio) \

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

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exoskeletal \ ˌek-​sō-​ˈske-​lə-​tᵊl How to pronounce exoskeletal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of exoskeleton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But, like any true emerging hero, Dani faces off with the Rev-9 exoskeleton solo, dealing a lights-out shot with Grace's power source. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Spoilers! That skin-crawling 'Terminator: Dark Fate' battle was originally even grosser," 3 Nov. 2019 This Iron Man-style helmet could also be integrated with a full suite of electronics, as imagined by Special Operations Command’s TALOS armored exoskeleton. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Century-Long Evolution of the U.S. Army Helmet," 27 June 2019 Before outfitting jellyfish with exoskeleton-like attire, researchers first built soft, flexible robots that mimic the marine animals’ swimming motions. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Bionic jellyfish can swim three times faster," 31 Jan. 2020 With such an exoskeleton, one worker might lift a 100- or 200-pound length of steel up to head height, while another does a tack weld on the underside. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Sarcos offers fully mobile, insanely strong industrial exoskeletons," 22 Jan. 2020 Liesch said the beetles are midsize, about half an inch to an inch long, and have slender bodies with softer exoskeletons, similar to a firefly. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Horse ranch near the Dells blames 'heartbreaking' loss of 14 horses on toxic beetles," 14 Jan. 2020 To take just one example, its faculty invented a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip-and-knee motion to enable people with spinal cord injuries, even paraplegics, to stand upright, walk and climb. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian, "How Biology Inspires Future Technology," 27 Aug. 2019 Samsung showed off an exoskeleton system called GEMS, or Gait Enhancing & Motivating Sytem. Washington Post, "CES tech show: Voice for the gas pump, sensors for the plant," 8 Jan. 2020 In warfare, the hope is that exoskeletons can improve the physical capabilities of soldiers, allowing them to run faster, lift heavier objects and relieve strain on the body during physical operations. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 futuristic tech ideas that might actually happen (and 5 that won’t) — predictions from Comic-Con 2019," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of exoskeleton

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exoskeleton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exoskeleton. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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exo·​skel·​e·​ton | \ ˌek-sō-ˈskel-ət-ᵊn How to pronounce exoskeleton (audio) \

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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exoskeletal \ -​ət-​ᵊl How to pronounce exoskeletal (audio) \ adjective

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