chela n.; pl. chelae [Gr. chele, claw] 1. (ARTHRO) A lateral movable claw on a limb: pincerlike, with opposed movable and immovable fingers; occasionally both fingers move. 2. (ARTHRO: Insecta) Has been applied to feet of some Ano-plura in which the opposable claw performs a holdfast function. see claw. 3. (PORIF) A type of microsclere with a short, straight or curved axis and recurved teeth at both ends.
chelate a. [Gr. chele, claw] Pincerlike, or possessing or resembling chelae.
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