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sclerite

[skleer-ahyt, skler-] /ˈsklɪər aɪt, ˈsklɛr-/
noun, Zoology
1.
any chitinous, calcareous, or similar hard part, plate, spicule, or the like.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; scler- + -ite1
Related forms
scleritic
[skli-rit-ik] /sklɪˈrɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scleritic

sclerite

/ˈsklɪəraɪt/
noun (zoology)
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
Derived Forms
scleritic (sklɪəˈrɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from sclero- + -ite1
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