lepospondylous

adjective lep·o·spon·dy·lous

Definition of lepospondylous

  1. 1 :  having vertebrae enclosing the notochord each of which consists of a cylinder of bone shaped like an hourglass in longitudinal section —used especially of some extinct stegocephalian amphibians

  2. 2 [New Latin Lepospondyli + English -ous] :  of or relating to the Lepospondyli

  3. 3 :  having the vertebral centra develop directly as bone

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Origin and Etymology of lepospondylous

lepo- + spondylous


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