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elasmobranch

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noun elas·mo·branch \i-ˈlaz-mə-ˌbraŋk\

Definition of elasmobranch

plural elasmobranchs

  1. :  any of a subclass (Elasmobranchii) of cartilaginous fishes that have five to seven lateral to ventral gill openings on each side and that comprise the sharks, rays, skates, and extinct related fishes

elasmobranch adjective


Origin of elasmobranch

ultimately from Greek elasmos metal plate (from elaunein) + branchia gills


First Known Use: 1872


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elasmobranch

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noun elas·mo·branch \i-ˈlaz-mə-ˌbraŋk\

Medical Definition of elasmobranch

plural elasmobranchs

  1. :  any fish of the class Chondrichthyes

elasmobranch adjective



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