elasmobranch

noun
elas·​mo·​branch | \ i-ˈlaz-mə-ˌbraŋk How to pronounce elasmobranch (audio) \
plural elasmobranchs

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

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elasmobranch adjective

First Known Use of elasmobranch

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elasmobranch

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

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elasmobranch

noun
elas·​mo·​branch | \ i-ˈlaz-mə-ˌbraŋk How to pronounce elasmobranch (audio) \
plural elasmobranchs

Medical Definition of elasmobranch

: any fish of the class Chondrichthyes

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elasmobranch adjective

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