One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Entomology. The sternum of the mesothorax of an insect or (especially formerly) an equivalent or associated part. Also (in Zoology): the middle plate of the sternum in brachyuran crabs.
2Anatomy and Zoology. The body of the sternum, situated between the manubrium and the xiphisternum.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Kirby (1759–1850), entomologist and naturalist. From meso- + sternum.
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