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gaster

[gas-ter] /ˈgæs tər/
noun
1.
(in ants, bees, wasps, and other hymenopterous insects) the part of the abdomen behind the petiole.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; < Greek gastḗr paunch, belly
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  • As the ants develop, the nematodes grow and reproduce inside the ant's body, leaving eggs in the gaster.
  • gaster adopted the upside-down badge and this became the tradition for each following superintendent.
  • The parasite thins the ant's exoskeleton, and the eggs change the gaster's color.
gaster in Medicine

gaster gas·ter (gās'tər)
n.
The stomach.

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