suspensorium

noun

sus·​pen·​so·​ri·​um
(ˌ)səˌspenˈsōrēəm
plural suspensoria
-ēə
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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 5 Feb. 2023.

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