Medical Term:

Coleoptera

Pronunciation: kō′lē-op′ter-ă

Definition: An order of insects, the beetles, characterized by the possession of a pair of hard, horny wing covers overlying a pair of delicate membranous flying wings; it is the largest of the insect orders with the largest number of species of any animal or plant order.

[G. koleos, sheath + pteron, wing]

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