gill arch


1875–80 Unabridged
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gill arch n.
See branchial arch.

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gill arch

one of the bony or cartilaginous curved bars on either side of the pharynx (throat) that support the gills of fishes and amphibians; also, a corresponding rudimentary ridge in the embryo of higher vertebrates, which in some species may form real but transitory gill slits. In the human embryo, the branchial arches give rise to such structures as the mandible, hyoid bone, and larynx.

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Example sentences
There it is chewed, so to speak, by teeth on the modified lower branches of the
  last gill arch.
If the fish is small, remove the entire gill arch and transfer to a slide.
The number of gill rakers on the upper and lower limbs of the first left gill
  arch were also recorded for each fish.
Wet mounts of gill filaments are made by using a small pair of surgical
  scissors to remove a portion of one gill arch.
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