What is thorax?

  • (noun): The middle region of the body of an arthropod between the head and the abdomen.
    See also — Additional definitions below


The thorax (from Greek "θώραξ" - thorax, "breastplate, cuirass, corslet") is a division of an animal's body that lies between the head and the abdomen.

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Thorax - In Arthropods
... In insects and the extinct trilobites, the thorax is one of the three main divisions (or tagmata) of the creature's body, each of which is in turn composed of multiple segments ... In most insects, the thorax itself is composed of three segments the prothorax, the mesothorax, and the metathorax ... Accordingly, in these insects, the functional thorax is composed of four segments, and is therefore typically called the mesosoma to distinguish it from the "thorax" of other insects ...
Sarcophaga Bullata - Morphology - Thorax
... Present on the thorax are three contrasting black and grey longitudinal stripes these stripes do not continue onto the abdomen ... A prominent row of black bristles (setae) can be found on each side of the thorax, just above the base of the hind leg and just under the base of the wing ... bullata lacks the postscutellum, the large swelling underneath the scutellum of the thorax, which distinguishes the flesh fly from Tachinid ...
Thorax (disambiguation)
... Thorax can refer to a number of things Thorax, a division of an animal's body that lies between the head and the abdomen ... The human chest, or Human thorax ... Thorax Ancient Greek armour, see Linothorax ...
Sympetrum Vicinum - Description - Adult
... Mature males are brownish black on the face and thorax and have a red abdomen, while immature males have a yellow thorax and a yellowish brown abdomen ... Females have a brown thorax and a brownish-red abdomen ...
Allotinus Subviolaceus - Description
... Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen pale brown beneath the palpi almost white, the thorax and abdomen paler than on the upperside ... Antenna, head, thorax and abdomen as in the male but paler ...

More definitions of "thorax":

  • (noun): Part of an insect's body that bears the wings and legs.
  • (noun): The part of the human body between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates.
    Synonyms: chest, pectus