elasmobranch

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

Definition of elasmobranch

plural elasmobranchs
: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 and Etymology of elasmobranch

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


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elasmobranch

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

medical Definition of elasmobranch

plural elasmobranchs
:any fish of the class Chondrichthyes

elasmobranch

adjective

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