exoskeleton

noun exo·skel·e·ton \ ˌek-sō-ˈske-lə-tən \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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

exoskeletal

play \ˌek-sō-ˈske-lə-tᵊl\ adjective

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First Known Use of exoskeleton

1847

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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exoskeleton

noun exo·skel·e·ton \ ˌek-sō-ˈskel-ət-ᵊn \

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

exoskeletal

play \-ət-ᵊl\ adjective

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