sclerotization love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process by which the cuticle of an arthropod is hardened by substances other than chitin.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of sclerotisation.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek sklērotēs, hardness (from sklēros, hard) + -ization.

Examples

  • Finally, transmission electron microscopy showed that sclerotization or deposition of diffuse melanin, rather than deposition of melanin granules, produces the dark coloration found in the cuticle of this species.

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  • After their last juvenile moult, males enter their sexual form with larger chela, increased length, sharper spines and increased sclerotization.

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