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  • n. The middle portion, or body, of the sternum.
  • n. The ventral piece of the middle segment of the thorax.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The middle portion, or body, of the sternum.
  • n. The ventral piece of the middle segment of the thorax in insects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, the piece or pieces of a breast-bone which has several segments lying between the presternum and the xiphisternum: said chiefly of the segmented sternum of mammals.
  • n. In entomology, the ventral or sternal sclerite of the mesothorax; the under side of the mesothorax, opposite the mesonotum.

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