Definition of Chelicera

1. Noun. Either of the first pair of fang-like appendages near the mouth of an arachnid; often modified for grasping and piercing.

Generic synonyms: Appendage, Extremity, Member
Derivative terms: Cheliceral, Chelicerous



Definition of Chelicera

1. n. One of the anterior pair of mouth organs, terminated by a pincherlike claw, in scorpions and allied Arachnida. They are homologous with the falcers of spiders, and probably with the mandibles of insects.

Definition of Chelicera

1. Noun. (zoology) One of the prehensile claws found on the proboscises of spiders and scorpions. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Chelicera

1. [n CHELICERAE]

Medical Definition of Chelicera

1. One of the two anterior appendages of arachnids; in ticks and parasitic mites, the chelicerae are piercing and cutting structures, and constitute important feeding organs. Origin: G. Chele, claw, + keras, horn (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chelicera

chelate complex
chelate compound
chelated
chelates
chelating
chelating agent
chelating agents
chelation
chelation therapy
chelations
chelatometric
chelator
chelators
chelerythrine
cheletropic
chelicera (current term)
chelicerae
cheliceral
chelicerate
chelicerates
chelicerous
chelidamic
chelidamic acid
chelidon
chelidonius
cheliferous
cheliform
cheliped
chelipeds
chelkarite

Literary usage of Chelicera

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Handbook of Medical Entomology by William Albert Riley, Oskar Augustus Johannsen (1915)
"They occur as a pair of pouches (fig. i) lying within the cephalothorax and connected by a delicate duct with a pore on the claw of the chelicera, ..."

2. Morphology of Invertebrate Types by Alexander Ivanovitch Petrunkevitch (1916)
"In this case the chelicera would be homologous with the antennules of the lobster. A more generally accepted opinion is based on the assumption that the ..."

3. Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1897)
"It should be observed that the fourth chelicera, if this explanation is correct, is the oldest, as indeed its size and isolation suggest. ..."

4. Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1850)
"chelicera covered with greyish hairs. Hab. New Zealand. ... chelicera black, with greenish reflexions, punctured and striated in front, and somewhat ..."

5. Animal Parasites and Human Disease by Asa Crawford Chandler (1922)
"Digestive tract of Argas persicus; an., anus; ch., chelicera; int. c, ... Tip of chelicera of a tick, much enlarged; cut. p., articulated cutting part; ..."

6. Proceedings by Zoological Society of London (1849)
"chelicera covered with greyish hairs. Hab. New Zealand. This species, which is described from a male, differs from the Dolo- medes ..."

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