brephic a. [Gr. brephos, embryo] 1. Pertaining to an early stage of development. 2. (BRACHIO) The juvenile stage in shell development after protegulum, shown by presence of growth lines; from neanic shells, distinguished by absence of radial ornamentation.
brevaceratuba n.; pl. -tubae [L. brevis, short; cera, wax; tuba, trumpet] (ARTHRO: Insecta) A wax gland of scale in sects with an outlet short of the margin of the pygidium.
breviate a. [L. brevis, short] 1. Shortened; smaller than normal. 2. (ARTHRO: Insecta) Used to describe antennae that are about the length of the head.
brevicaudate a. [L. brevis, short; cauda, tail] Having a short tail.
brevilingual a. [L. brevis, short; lingua, tongue] Having a short tongue.
breviorate antennae (ARTHRO: Insecta) A term to describe antennae extending passed the head, but short of the body length. see brevissimate antenna.
breviped a. [L. brevis, short; pes, foot] Having short legs.
brevipennate a. [L. brevis, short; penna, wing] Having short wings.
brevirostrate a. [L. brevis, short; rostrum, beak] Having a short beak or rostrum.
brevissimate antennae (ARTHRO: Insecta) Antennae length shorter than head length.
bridge n. [A.S. brycg, bridgework] 1. Chromosome arrangement at anaphase of meiosis produced from a dicentric strand. 2. (ARTHRO: Insecta) In Odonata, a connecting wing vein.
bridge cross vein (ARTHRO: Insecta) A cross vein anterior to the bridge vein.
bridging host An intermediate host that allows a parasite to go to a previously unsuitable host.
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