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Noun: exoskeleton  ,ek-sow'ske-li-t(u)n [N. Amer], 'ek-sow,ske-li-t(u)n [Brit]
  1. The exterior protective or supporting structure or shell of many animals (especially invertebrates) including bony or horny parts such as nails or scales or hoofs

Derived forms: exoskeletons

Type of: body covering, frame, skeletal system, skeleton, systema skeletale

Encyclopedia: Exoskeleton