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[tur-jahyt] /ˈtɜr dʒaɪt/
the dorsal sclerite of an abdominal segment of an insect.
Origin of tergite
1880-85; terg(um) + -ite1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A series of paired longitudinal dorsal muscles passing from tergite to tergite of each successive segment.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • Thorax much shorter than the head and than the first tergite.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • A pair of dorso-ventral muscles passing from tergite to sternite in each segment.

    The Origin of Vertebrates Walter Holbrook Gaskell
  • Propygidium: the dorsal segment or tergite in front of the pygidilini, sometimes left exposed in Coleoptera.

  • Anal plate: in caterpillars, the shield-like covering of the dorsum of the last segment: in the embryonic larva the 11th tergite.

  • The tergite which covers the dorsal part of the first abdominal segment nearest to the thorax is, however, always present.

    The Flea Harold Russell

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