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: of or relating to the pharynx and the gills
specifically : of, relating to, or constituting the dorsal bony elements in the branchial arches of fishes that in teleosts form four pairs two or more of which may be provided with teeth opposed to those of the hypopharyngeals


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plural -s
: a pharyngobranchial element
especially : one of the pharyngobranchial bones of a teleost fish

called also superior pharyngeal, upper pharyngeal

Word History



New Latin, from pharyng- + -branchii (from Latin branchia gill)

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“Pharyngobranchial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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