epicuticle


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epicuticle

[¦ep·ə′kyüd·i·kəl]
(invertebrate zoology)
The outer, waxy layer of an insect cuticle or exoskeleton.
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According to Subramanyam & Roesli (2000), silica dioxide is able to break the wax layer of the epicuticle of insects.
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