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Pronunciation: ke-lis′ĭ-ră, -ĭ-rē

Definition: One of the two anterior appendages of arachnids; in ticks and parasitic mites, the chelicerae are piercing and cutting structures, and constitute important feeding organs.

[G. chēlē, claw, + keras, horn]

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