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exoskeleton

the protective or supporting structure covering the outside of the body of many animals, such as the thick cuticle of arthropods
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Exoskeleton

The system of supports in a French Gothic church, including the ribbed vaults, flying buttresses, and pier buttresses. Also, the external structural skeleton of a building consisting of a framework of attached members, or a poured-in-place concrete framework.
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exoskeleton

[¦ek·sō′skel·ə·tən]
(invertebrate zoology)
The external supportive covering of certain invertebrates, such as arthropods.
(vertebrate zoology)
Bony or horny epidermal derivatives, such as nails, hoofs, and scales.
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