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exoskeleton

Pronunciation: ek'so-skel'e-ton

Definition:

  1. Hard parts (hair, teeth, nails, feathers, hooves, scales) developed from the epidermis in vertebrates.
  2. Outer chitinous envelope of an insect, or the chitinous or calcareous covering of certain crustaceans and other invertebrates.

Synonym(s): dermoskeleton

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