mar·​su·​pi·​um | \ mär-ˈsü-pē-əm How to pronounce marsupium (audio) \
plural marsupia\ mär-​ˈsü-​pē-​ə How to pronounce marsupium (audio) \

Definition of marsupium

1 : an abdominal pouch that is formed of a fold of the skin and encloses the mammary glands of most marsupials
2 : any of several structures in various invertebrates (such as a bryozoan or mollusk) for enclosing or carrying eggs or young

Examples of marsupium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of having a mother's marsupium to keep her safe, staff at the Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs created a makeshift pouch out of cloth. Zulekha Nathoo, USA TODAY, 21 June 2022

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First Known Use of marsupium

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for marsupium

borrowed from New Latin marsūpium, going back to Latin marsuppium, marsīpium "pouch, bag," borrowed from Greek marsíppion, marsýppion, from mársippos, mársipos, mársypos, mársyppos "bag, pouch" (probably of pre-Greek substratal origin) + -ion, diminutive suffix

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“Marsupium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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mar·​su·​pi·​um | \ mär-ˈsü-pē-əm How to pronounce marsupium (audio) \
plural marsupia\ -​pē-​ə How to pronounce marsupium (audio) \

Medical Definition of marsupium

: an abdominal pouch formed by a fold of the skin and enclosing the mammary glands of most marsupials

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