meta·​tho·​rax ˌme-tə-ˈthȯr-ˌaks How to pronounce metathorax (audio)
: the posterior segment of the thorax of an insect see insect illustration
metathoracic adjective

Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metathorax was in 1817

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“Metathorax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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meta·​tho·​rax ˌmet-ə-ˈthō(ə)r-ˌaks How to pronounce metathorax (audio)
: the hindmost of the three segments of the thorax of an insect that is next to the abdomen

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