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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The crust is thick enough to offer some resistance to the teeth, but the outside is crispy enough to provide an exoskeleton strong enough to hold the peaches and huge hunks of pork without getting soggy.
Workers Flex a New Technology Lowe’s exoskeleton helps store workers with heavy lifting.
Exoskeletons are a common feature in the natural world.
Similar exoskeleton products in development are meant to help with mobility in people with neuromuscular disorders.
While most exoskeletons have motors powering each joint, the Phoenix simply uses two hip motors.
The worldwide market for exoskeletons — $97 million now — is expected to grow to $1.9 billion by 2025, according to ABI Research.
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.
The system takes heavy loads and transfers the weight to the knees, where the exoskeleton provides extra support.
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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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