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elasmobranch

[ih-las-muh-brangk, ih-laz-] /ɪˈlæs məˌbræŋk, ɪˈlæz-/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Elasmobranchii, the subclass of cartilaginous fishes comprising the sharks and rays.
noun
2.
an elasmobranch fish.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Neo-Latin Elasmobranchii, equivalent to Greek elasm(ós) beaten metal (derivative of elaúnein; see elastic) + -o- -o- + -branchii, plural of -branchius, Neo-Latin coinage based on Greek bránchia branchia
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  • He has also developed species-specific mitochondrial markers to aid in the conservation of this endangered elasmobranch.
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elasmobranch

/ɪˈlæsməˌbræŋk; ɪˈlæz-/
noun
1.
any cartilaginous fish of the subclass Elasmobranchii (or Selachii), which includes the sharks, rays, dogfish, and skates
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Elasmobranchii
Also called selachian
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin elasmobranchii, from Greek elasmos metal plate + brankhia gills
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elasmobranch
  (ĭ-lāz'mə-brāngk')   
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.
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