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A class of wormlike terrestrial arthropods belonging to the subphylum Myriapoda and comprising the centipedes. These are characterized by a distinct head, bearing a single pair of relatively long antennae and one pair of poison jaws, and 15–177 body segments, each bearing one pair of similar legs. Centipedes are fast-moving predators found in damp environments. See also Uniramia.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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