exoskeleton

noun
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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Other Words from exoskeleton

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

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The wounded crayfish managed to survive and appears well on its way to eventually shedding its exoskeleton and becoming whole again. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 Armor - Fumi Nikaido A relatively recent addition to the X-Men mythos, the Japanese mutant, Hisako Ichiki, has the power to create a psychic exoskeleton that gives her super-strength and invulnerability. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Who Can Play the X-Men Now?," 7 June 2019 Beyond electrical stimulation, several groups are exploring soft exoskeletons. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Paralyzed Man Walks Again With Surgical Implant," 25 Sep. 2018 Spider molting happens naturally when a spider sheds its exoskeleton for a larger one. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Wasps Turn Spiders Into Obedient Zombies," 30 Apr. 2019 Ford will issue a total of 75 exoskeletons to employees, which is a teeny, tiny sample size to Ford’s massive employee population. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Wearing Exoskeletons Will Work in Ford Plants," 18 Aug. 2018 The modern solider is overburdened, so defense researchers have been trying to invent new ways to lighten the load, such as wearable exoskeletons that shoulder some of the weight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Grizzly Is a Rugged Tank Robot That Could Carry a Soldier’s Stuff," 29 Mar. 2019 Over the last decade, hyped technologies such as robotic mules and wearable exoskeletons promised to free up soldiers from hauling so much gear. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 The exoskeletons of those enduring life-forms will be coated with barriers that prevent toxins from entering their bodies. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018

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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 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

Other Words from exoskeleton

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

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