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metathorax

[met-uh-thawr-aks, -thohr-] /ˌmɛt əˈθɔr æks, -ˈθoʊr-/
noun, plural metathoraxes, metathoraces
[met-uh-thawr-uh-seez, -thohr-] /ˌmɛt əˈθɔr əˌsiz, -ˈθoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
1.
the posterior division of the thorax of an insect, bearing the third pair of legs and the second pair of wings.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; meta- + thorax
Related forms
metathoracic
[met-uh-thaw-ras-ik, -thoh-] /ˌmɛt ə θɔˈræs ɪk, -θoʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • The prothorax is enlarged, with the mesothorax and metathorax more narrow.
British Dictionary definitions for metathorax

metathorax

/ˌmɛtəˈθɔːræks/
noun (pl) -raxes, -races (-rəˌsiːz)
1.
the third and last segment of an insect's thorax, which bears the third pair of walking legs and the second pair of wings See also prothorax, mesothorax
Derived Forms
metathoracic (ˌmɛtəθɔːˈræsɪk) adjective
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