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“exoskeleton” in English

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exoskeletonnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌek.səʊˈskel.ɪ.tən/ us /ˌek.soʊˈskel.ət̬ən/ specialized

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  • Chitin, a white horny substance found in the exoskeleton of several invertebrate animals. 
  • This cuticle has regions which are hard and firm, forming an exoskeleton, and, between these, areas which are relatively soft and flexible. 

(Definition of “exoskeleton” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“exoskeleton” in American English

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exoskeletonnoun [ C ]


biology a hard outer layer that covers and protects the body of some animals such as insects

(Definition of “exoskeleton” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)