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scute

 (skyo͞ot)
n.
A keratinous, chitinous, or bony external plate, as on the shell of a turtle or the underside of a snake.

[From Latin scūtum, shield; see scutum.]

scute

(skjuːt)
n
(Zoology) zoology a horny or chitinous plate that makes up part of the exoskeleton in armadillos, turtles, fishes, etc
[C14 (the name of a French coin; C19 in zoological sense): from Latin scūtum shield]

scute

(skyut)

n.
a bony or horny plate, as on an armadillo or turtle, or a large scale, as on the foot of a bird.
[1840–50; < Latin scūtum shield]
scu•tel•late (skyuˈtɛl ɪt, -eɪt, ˈskyut lˌeɪt) adj.
scu`tel•la′tion, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scute - large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake
protective covering - the tough natural covering of some organisms
carapace, cuticle, shell, shield - hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
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For each hawksbill capture, observers measured curved carapace length (CCL) from nuchal notch to posterior-most tip of marginal scutes, and spatially referenced the location of capture using a GPS unit.
The shell is composed of individual bony segments, with overlying keratinous plates called scutes.
The marginal scutes overlap much of the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the peripheral plates, but are not in contact with the costal series.
Before release each individual was marked with a unique (for each species) set of two or three notches filed into the marginal scutes (Cagle, 1939).
We also assessed each turtle shell for the presence of flesh, skin, skeletal remains, and scutes, and whether the shell was bleached, decayed, or otherwise damaged from prolonged multiple-year submersion in pools or from the movement of alluvium.
Other features include plate-like skin structures called dermal scutes, a more advanced version of which can be seen today in armadillos.
We observed filamentous green algae attached to the marginal scutes of the carapace (Fig.
I used the therapeutic laser for treatment of thermal burns on the ventral scutes of a ball python from lying on exposed heating element.
Citric acid acidification also increased the P content in serum muscles scutes (Khajepour and Hosseini 2012) bones (Pandey and Satoh 2008) and in whole body (Baruah et al.
Age estimates of several species of sturgeon in North America have been evaluated by removing and observing the banding patterns of calcified structures, such as the first marginal pectoral-fin ray, otoliths, scutes, opercula, and sphenoids (Brennan and Cailliet, 1989; Nakamoto et al.
This scute closely resembles scutes assigned to Glyptotherium floridanum from North America (Gillette & Ray, 1981, figs.