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(pă-tā'jē-ŭm, -ă),
A winglike membrane.
[L. a gold edging on a woman's gown]
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(pa-ta'je-um) plural.patagia [L.]
A weblike membrane.
See: pterygium
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  1. a membrane of skin stretched on the wing of a bird or bat, or between the fore and hindlimbs of a flying squirrel to form the parachute.
  2. (in some insects) a projection on each side of the prothorax.
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Because of its floppy patagium, a flying squirrel isn't able to run much better on the ground than you can in a sack race.
The other specimens were recent captures from 2014 and 2015 during a bat conservation survey, and except for one were released after measuring forearm and mass, and sampling a biopsy from the patagium. The sacrificed specimen (NMP 95434) is preserved as ethanol voucher with skull extracted in the collection of the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic (NMP).
Total genomic DNA was extracted from ethanol-preserved tissue samples (muscle or patagium) using commercial kits and the complete cytb and a fragment of zfy were PCR amplified, sequenced, and aligned as previously described (Vallo et al.
(15) Additionally, hemangiosarcoma of the patagium has been documented in a golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) (16) and a cutaneous tumor of the metatarsal pad that rapidly metastasized to the proximal hind limb and viscera was diagnosed in a Java sparrow (Padda oryzivora).
patagium: The flap of fur-covered skin on each side of a sugar glider connected from carpus to tarsus.
I treated a lovebird with a tail base trauma/ dermatitis and an eclectus parrot with pyoderma of the patagium. Both responded very well post laser therapy.
Of the 16 birds that had worn a harness, 10 (63%) had superficial soft tissue injury to skin or patagium or more severe injury, such as remodeling of the distal humerus at the harness cord-wing interface, or pathologic fractures.
The width of the cuff selected was estimated to be 40% of the circumference of the distal humerus with the patagium compressed (Fig 1).
A malignant melanoma was reported in the left patagium of a budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus).
Abstract: An adult male prairie falcon (Falco mexicanus) was presented for evaluation and treatment of self-inflicted wounds along the right proximal patagium. The bird had started self-traumatizing approximately 1 month after fracturing the right metacarpus, although the fracture had stabilized, surface wounds had healed completely, and treatment with a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug had been administered.