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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