noun ster·nite \ˈstər-ˌnīt\

Definition of sternite

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of sternite

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek sternon chest

First Known Use: 1868

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