exoskeleton

[ UK /ˈɛksə‍ʊskˌɛlɪtən/ ]
[ US /ˌɛksoʊˈskɛɫətən/ ]
NOUN
  1. the exterior protective or supporting structure or shell of many animals (especially invertebrates) including bony or horny parts such as nails or scales or hoofs
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  • Oceans  Shallow ocean waters (euphotic zone) contain a greater concentration of organisms than the rest of the sea  Phytoplankton (algae) is food not only for zooplankton (protozoans and microscopic animals) but also for small fishes  Coral reefs - areas of biological abundance just below the surface in shallow, warm, tropical waters  Chief constituents are stony corals, animals that have a calcium carbonate (limestone) exoskeleton, and calcareous red and green algae  Most of the ocean lies within the pelagic zone  Epipelagic zone lacks the inorganic nutrients of shallow waters, and therefore it does not have as high a concentration of phytoplankton  Animals in the deeper waters of the mesopelagic zone are carnivores, which are adapted to the absence of light,  Waters of the bathypelagic zone are in complete darkness except for an occasional flash of bioluminescent light  Abyssal plain - many invertebrates survive there by feeding on debris floating down from the mesopelagic zone Recently Uploaded Slideshows
  • But when I came and kept vigil in his armchair while he lay on his left ribs, his back rolled around him like an exoskeleton, all night I stared at his books neat in their shelves.
  • Indigestible materials like fur, feathers and insect exoskeletons, if swallowed, are regurgitated in a pellet.
  • With each successive moult the current crop of fungal parasites is shed along with the old exoskeleton.
  • Dangling like a bat, she began to push through her old exoskeleton. MINUTES TO BURN
  • Calicide acts by preventing the formation of chitin, a key component in the sea louse's exoskeleton, but also important in the life-cycles of mussels and snails, scallops, worms, crabs and lobsters.
  • Both the endo- and exoskeleton is made up of true bone with cell spaces (the heterostracans have acellular bone).
  • In his own time, he's hoping to become the creator of a true "mecha"--not a robot, exactly, but a gigantic exoskeleton that can transform its wearer's motions into eight-foot strides and the devastating sweep of a steel fist. Giant robots in the backyard
  • He must shed his spiky exoskeleton and become the front man.
  • Many experts believe that dengue is now the most worrisome arthropod-borne virus, or arbovirus, in the world (arthropods, which include insects, spiders, and crustaceans, have segmented body parts and an exoskeleton). Scott Dodd: Climate Change Drives Dengue Fever Re-Emergence in U.S.
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