Any of the largest phylum (Arthropoda) of invertebrate animals with jointed legs, a segmented body, and an exoskeleton, including insects, crustaceans, arachnids, and myriapods.
Webster's New World
Any of numerous invertebrate animals of the phylum Arthropoda, including the insects, crustaceans, arachnids, and myriapods, that are characterized by a chitinous exoskeleton, a segmented body, and jointed appendages.
American Heritage Medicine
The definition of arthropod is an animal without a back bone, with six or more jointed legs, a segmented body and a supporting structure on the outside.
Any of numerous invertebrate animals of the phylum Arthopoda, characterized by an exoskeleton made of chitin and a segmented body with pairs of jointed appendages. Arthropods share many features with annelids and may have evolved from them in the Precambrian Era. Arthropods include the insects, crustaceans, arachnids, myriapods, and extinct trilobites, and are the largest phylum in the animal kingdom.
American Heritage Science
Other Word Forms of Arthropod
Origin of Arthropod
From Latinarthropoda, from Ancient Greek ἄρθρον (arthron, “joint”) + πούς (pous, “foot”).
From New Latin Arthropodaphylum namearthro– New Latin -poda-pod
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Arthropod Sentence Examples
The great Arthropod class, the Crustacea, presents to the zoologist at the present day an immense range of forms,.
The essential difference between these two kinds of eye appears to be that the Chaetopod eye (in its higher developments) is a vesicle enclosing the lens, whereas the Arthropod eye is a pit or series of pits into which the heavy chitinous cuticle dips and enlarges knobwise as a lens.
It is not true that all the biting processes of the Arthropod limb are thus produced - for instance, the jaws of Peripatus are formed by the axis or corm itself, whilst the poisonjaws of Chilopods, as also their maxillae, appear to be formed rather by the apex or terminal region of the ramus of the limb; but the opposing jaws (= hemignaths) of Crustacea, Arachnida and Hexapoda are gnathobases, and not the axis or corm.
On the other hand, we cannot refuse to admit that any of the processes of an Arthropod parapodium may become modified as branchial organs, and that, as a rule, branchial out-growths are easily developed, de novo, in all the higher groups of animals.
Further, the morphologists of the 'fifties appear, with few exceptions, to have accepted a preliminary scheme with regard to the Arthropod head and Arthropod segmentation generally, which was misleading and caused them to adopt forced conclusions and interpretations.