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cremaster

[kri-mas-ter] /krɪˈmæs tər/
noun
1.
Entomology. a usually hooklike process on the posterior tip of a chrysalis, for attaching the pupa to a stem, twig, etc.
2.
Anatomy. the suspensory muscle of the testis.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Latin < Greek kremastḗr literally, suspender, akin to kremannýnai to hang
Related forms
cremasterial
[krem-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌkrɛm əˈstɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
cremasteric
[krem-uh-ster-ik] /ˌkrɛm əˈstɛr ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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