molting fluid

molting fluid
1. Often undetermined fluid that causes the loosening of the old cuticle.
2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
A fluid containing chitinase and proteinase that digests the unsclerotised cuticle (except the ecdysial membrane).

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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