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elasmobranch

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

Definition of ELASMOBRANCH

:  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
Medical Dictionary

elasmobranch

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

Medical Definition of ELASMOBRANCH

:  any fish of the class Chondrichthyes
elasmobranch adjective

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