arthropod

arthropod
A member of the phylum Arthropoda. [arthro- + G. pous, foot]

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n.
any member of a large group of animals that possess a hard external skeleton and jointed legs and other appendages. Many arthropods are of medical importance, including the mite, tick, and insect.

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ar·thro·pod (ahrґthro-pod) an animal belonging to the Arthropoda. arthropodal arthropodous adj

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