sternite

noun
ster·nite | \ ˈstər-ˌnīt \

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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