Metasternum
Metasternum Met`a*ster"num, n. [Pref. meta- + sternum.] 1. (Anat.) The most posterior element of the sternum; the ensiform process; xiphisternum. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The ventral plate of the third or last segment of the thorax of insects. [1913 Webster]


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  • métasternum — [metastɛʀnɔm] n. m. ÉTYM. V. 1895, Encycl. Berthelot; de méta , et sternum. ❖ ♦ Zool. (entomol.). Face ventrale du métathorax. ❖ DÉR. Métasternal …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • metasternum — Xiphisternum Xiph i*ster num, n.; pl. {Xiphisterna}. [NL., fr. Gr. xi fos a sword + sternum.] (Anat.) (a) The posterior segment, or extremity, of the sternum; sometimes called {metasternum}, {ensiform cartilage}, {ensiform process}, or {xiphoid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Metasternum — Thorax de l insecte Anatomie d une mouche tsé tsé : en bleu : le thorax …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Métasternum — Thorax de l insecte Anatomie d une mouche tsé tsé : en bleu : le thorax …   Wikipédia en Français

  • metasternum — n. [Gr. meta, after; sternon, chest] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) 1. The sternum or ventral sclerite of the metathorax. 2. For Diptera, see mesepimeron …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • metasternum — SYN: xiphoid process. * * * meta·ster·num (met″ə sturґnəm) [meta + sternum] processus xiphoideus …   Medical dictionary

  • metasternum — meta·sternum …   English syllables

  • metasternum — “+ noun Etymology: New Latin, from meta + sternum 1. : the ventral plate of the metathorax of an insect 2. : xiphisternum …   Useful english dictionary

  • coleopteran — /koh lee op teuhr euhn, kol ee /, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the order Coleoptera. n. 2. a beetle. [1840 50; COLEOPTER(A) + AN] * * * ▪ insect Introduction   any member of the insect order Coleoptera, consisting of the beetles and weevils …   Universalium

  • Insect morphology — Legend of body parts Tagmata : A Head, B Thorax, C Abdomen. 1. antenna 2. ocelli (lower) 3. ocelli (upper) 4. compound eye 5. brain (cerebral ganglia) 6. prothorax …   Wikipedia

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