hypocentrum

noun
hy·​po·​centrum | \ "+ \
plural hypocentra

Definition of hypocentrum

: a ventral part of the body of a vertebra that is usually wedge-shaped or horseshoe-shaped, consists of the fused lower arcualia of the anterior of the two arches from which each vertebra is formed, and is characteristic of some fishes, stegocephalians, and primitive reptiles

called also intercentrum

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History and Etymology for hypocentrum

New Latin, from hypo- + centrum

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“Hypocentrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocentrum. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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