Definition of sternite in English:

sternite

noun

Biology
  • (in an insect) a sclerotized plate forming the sternum of a segment.

    Compare with tergite
    • ‘Over 100 specimens of M. serendipitous exhibit part or all of the dorsal carapace, the abdomen and telson, or the thoracic sternites with some attached pereiopods.’
    • ‘Dissecting these partially rescued pharate adults from the pupal cases revealed that some adult structures were at least partially formed, including wings, tergites, sternites, thorax, and bristles.’
    • ‘These muscles are arranged as a series of parallel muscle fibers from the lateral edge of the dorsal tergite to the ventral sternite.’
    • ‘The sternite of that segment is also modified, being slightly wider and longer than the sternites immediately preceding and following it and with a more strongly recurved anterior margin and larger coxal sockets.’
    • ‘Females then actively collect pollen from the newly mature anthers and pack it into special structures on their mesothoracic sternites, while the wingless males tunnel back through the fig wall.’

Pronunciation:

sternite

/ˈstəːnʌɪt/