tergum

tergum

[tur-guhm]
noun, plural terga [tur-guh] . Zoology.
the dorsal surface of a body segment of an arthropod.

Origin:
1820–30; < Latin: the back

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tergum (ˈtɜːɡəm)
 
n , pl -ga
Compare sternum a cuticular plate covering the dorsal surface of a body segment of an arthropod
 
[C19: from Latin: the back]
 
'tergal
 
adj

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