hinge line

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hinge line: 1. (Arthropoda: Crustacea) The middorsal line of junction between two valves of the carapace permitting movement between them.

2. (Brachiopoda/Mollusca: Bivalvia) The external line of meeting of the brachial and pedicle valves; movement of the shells occurs here; hinge axis.