Episterna
Episternum Ep`i*ster"num, n.; pl. {Episterna}. [NL. See {Epi-}, and {Sternum}.] 1. (Anat.) (a) A median bone connected with the sternum, in many vertebrates; the interclavicle. (b) Same as {Epiplastron}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) One of the lateral pieces next to the sternum in the thorax of insects. [1913 Webster]


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  • episterna — n. manubrium, uppermost part of the sternum (Anatomy) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Episternum — Ep i*ster num, n.; pl. {Episterna}. [NL. See {Epi }, and {Sternum}.] 1. (Anat.) (a) A median bone connected with the sternum, in many vertebrates; the interclavicle. (b) Same as {Epiplastron}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the lateral… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • episternum — n.; pl. episterna [Gr. epi, upon; sternon, chest] 1. (ARTHROPODA: Crustacea) In Decapoda, the posterolateral projection of various sterna. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) The area of a thoracic pleuron anterior to the pleural suture; episternal adj …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • episternum — /ep euh sterr neuhm/, n., pl. episterna / neuh/. 1. Anat. manubrium. 2. Entomol. the anterior portion of a pleuron. [1850 55; EPI + STERNUM] * * * …   Universalium

  • episternum — /ɛpiˈstɜnəm/ (say epee sternuhm) noun (plural episterna /ɛpiˈstɜnə/ (say epee sternuh)) 1. (in mammals) the upper part of the sternum. 2. Entomology the principal anterior subdivision of a thoracic pleuron. {epi + sternum} –episternal, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • episternum — [ep΄i stʉr′nəm] n. pl. episterna [ep΄i stʉr′nə] [ModL: see EPI & STERNUM] 1. the most anterior part of the sternum in amphibians and mammals 2. in some lizards, a dermal bone lying ventral to the sternum …   English World dictionary

  • episternum — |epə̇, |epē+ noun (plural episterna) Etymology: New Latin, from epi + sternum 1. a. : interclavicle b. : any of several other sternal elements of similar …   Useful english dictionary

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