sclerite

[skleer-ahyt, skler-]
noun Zoology.
any chitinous, calcareous, or similar hard part, plate, spicule, or the like.

Origin:
1860–65; scler- + -ite1

scleritic [skli-rit-ik] , adjective
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sclerite (ˈsklɪəraɪt)
 
n
1.  any of the hard chitinous plates that make up the exoskeleton of an arthropod
2.  any calcareous or chitinous part, such as a spicule or plate
 
[C19: from sclero- + -ite1]
 
scleritic
 
adj

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It is noted that the small portion of material available for study limited sclerite examination.
Sclerite identification can be time-consuming and expensive.
The shifts in sclerite morphology may have consequences for resistance to predation.
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