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

Other Words from exoskeleton

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

Examples of exoskeleton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The River Ops is ready for your worst, with a polyurethane exoskeleton, a TPU heel counter, and protected stitching, plus lock-down laces and interchangeable felt and studded Vibram soles. Greg Thomas, Outside Online, 10 May 2021 An internal-timber structure is to be wrapped with a curvy exoskeleton of steel and glass; solar panels will adorn the façade, and indoor terraces will have naturally ventilated gardens. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Researchers in northeastern England unearthed an exoskeleton fragment from the largest arthropod ever discovered, in a genus called Arthropleura. Nikk Ogasa, Scientific American, 23 Feb. 2022 In addition to new silks and dyes, there may be other materials artists could use — like chitin, the tough, lightweight material that forms much of the exoskeleton of insects. Greg Miller, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2021 But the real magic comes from an external carbon-fiber exoskeleton that goes around the back of the boot, up the ankle, and around the gaiter, enabling a stiff and supportive yet ultralight fit. The Editors, Outside Online, 27 Mar. 2021 There was a mushroom one with long fringes that bounced trippily; there was a mottled sequin ribcage with a tulle exoskeleton. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Mar. 2022 Bamboo contains moisture that helps the spider maintain its temperature -- especially important for tarantulas, which molt and shed their exoskeleton. Katie Hunt, CNN, 19 Jan. 2022 The smart exoskeleton market has been estimated to be growing 41.3% a year to a nearly $2 billion industry by 2025, with applications in construction, shipping and receiving, healthcare, and the military. John Koetsier, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 1 Jul. 2022.

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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

Other Words from exoskeleton

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

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