suspensory

adjective
sus·​pen·​so·​ry | \ sə-ˈspen(t)-sə-rē How to pronounce suspensory (audio) , -ˈspen(t)s-rē \

Definition of suspensory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : held in suspension also : fitted or serving to suspend
2 : temporarily leaving undetermined : suspensive sense 1

suspensory

noun
plural suspensories

Definition of suspensory (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that suspends or holds up especially : a fabric supporter for the scrotum

Examples of suspensory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Unlike suspensory great apes that favor their forelimbs and bipedal hominins which prefer their hindlimbs, the anatomy of D. guggenmosi indicates that the ancient primate used both sets of limbs equally. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "New Ancient Ape Species Rewrites the Story of Bipedalism," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, orangutans use clambering, upright or horizontal climbing, suspensory swinging, and assisted bipedalism (walking upright using hands for support). Vivien Shaw, Quartz, "Scientists want to rewrite the evolution of walking—but should they?," 14 Dec. 2019 Her lameness was readily apparent to Dr. Bramlage, and ultrasounds proved both hind suspensories were enlarged. Jay Posner, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Two-time Eclipse winner Songbird is retired," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of suspensory

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of suspensory was in the 15th century

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“Suspensory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspensory. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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suspensory

adjective
sus·​pen·​so·​ry | \ sə-ˈspen(t)s-(ə-)rē How to pronounce suspensory (audio) \

Medical Definition of suspensory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: serving to suspend : providing support the suspensory nature of the periodontal membrane— John Osborne et al

suspensory

noun
plural suspensories

Medical Definition of suspensory (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that suspends or holds up especially : a fabric supporter for the scrotum

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