n. [Gr. meta, after; pleuron, side]
In Hymenoptera Ichneumonidae, ordinarily divided into two parts, the lower is largest and generally referred to; the lower part an oval or subtriangular area on the side of the thorax, between middle and hind coxae to the propodeum; the upper area lies behind the upper half of the mesepimeron and below and behind the base of the hind wing, separated from the propodeum by a suture.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • pleural area — 1. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In Hymenoptera, the lateral area of the propodeum, next to the metapleurum; divided into three parts, the first (front), second (middle), with the first and second usually united, and third (hind). 2. (MOLLUSCA:… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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