sternite

noun
ster·​nite | \ ˈstər-ˌnīt How to pronounce sternite (audio) \

Definition of sternite

: the ventral part or shield of a somite of an arthropod especially : the chitinous plate that forms the ventral surface of an abdominal or occasionally a thoracic segment of an insect

First Known Use of sternite

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sternite

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek sternon chest

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The first known use of sternite was in 1868

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“Sternite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sternite. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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