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mesothorax

[mez-uh-thawr-aks, -thohr-, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] /ˌmɛz əˈθɔr æks, -ˈθoʊr-, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə-/
noun, plural mesothoraxes, mesothoraces
[mez-uh-thawr-uh-seez, -thohr-, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] /ˌmɛz əˈθɔr əˌsiz, -ˈθoʊr-, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə-/ (Show IPA)
1.
the middle segment of the three divisions of the thorax of an insect, bearing the second pair of legs and the first pair of wings.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; meso- + thorax
Related forms
mesothoracic
[mez-uh-thaw-ras-ik, -thoh-, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-] /ˌmɛz ə θɔˈræs ɪk, -θoʊ-, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zə-, -sə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • The prothorax is enlarged, with the mesothorax and metathorax more narrow.
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mesothorax

/ˌmɛsəʊˈθɔːræks/
noun (pl) -raxes, -races (-rəˌsiːz)
1.
the middle segment of the thorax of an insect, bearing the second pair of walking legs and the first pair of wings See also prothorax, metathorax
Derived Forms
mesothoracic (ˌmɛsəʊθɔːˈræsɪk) adjective
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