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A chitinous or calcareous plate or similar part of an invertebrate, especially one of the hard outer plates forming part of the exoskeleton of an arthropod.
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1. (Zoology) any of the hard chitinous plates that make up the exoskeleton of an arthropod
2. (Zoology) any calcareous or chitinous part, such as a spicule or plate
[C19: from sclero- + -ite1]
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scle•rite(ˈsklɪər aɪt, ˈsklɛr-)
Zool. any chitinous or calcareous hard plate, spicule, or the like.
scle•rit•ic (sklɪˈrɪt ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||sclerite - hard plate or element of the exoskeleton of some arthropods|
arthropod - invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
protective covering - the tough natural covering of some organisms
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