suspensorium

noun
sus·​pen·​so·​ri·​um | \ (ˌ)səˌspenˈsōrēəm \
plural suspensoria\ -​ēə \

Definition of suspensorium

: something that suspends a body part specifically : the bony or cartilaginous element or series of elements that in most vertebrates below mammals connects the lower jaw with the cranium

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History and Etymology for suspensorium

New Latin, from Late Latin, instrument for suspending, from Latin suspensus (past participle of suspendere to suspend) + -orium

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“Suspensorium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspensorium. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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