|elasmobranch (ɪˈlæsməˌbræŋk, ɪˈlæz-)|
|1.||any cartilaginous fish of the subclass Elasmobranchii (or Selachii), which includes the sharks, rays, dogfish, and skates|
|2.||of, relating to, or belonging to the Elasmobranchii|
|[C19: from New Latin elasmobranchii, from Greek elasmos metal plate + brankhia gills]|
|elasmobranch (ĭ-lāz'mə-brāngk') Pronunciation Key
Any of numerous cartilaginous fishes of the subclass Elasmobranchii, having five to seven gill slits on each side, dermal denticles for scales, and a small respiratory opening (spiracle) behind each eye. The pectoral fins of elasmobranchs are often greatly enlarged. Elasmobranchs include the sharks, rays, and skates.