plastral

[plas-truhl]
adjective Zoology.
of or pertaining to a plastron.

Origin:
1885–90; plastr(on) + -al1

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plastron (ˈplæstrən)
 
n
the bony plate forming the ventral part of the shell of a tortoise or turtle
 
[C16: via French from Italian piastrone, from piastra breastplate, from Latin emplastrumplaster]
 
'plastral
 
adj

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Example sentences
Variation in the plastral formulae of selected turtles with comments on taxonomic utility.
Hatchlings have three dorsal keels and two plastral ones.
Plastral pumping may cause the airway to block, thus prohibiting air from entering the lungs.
Comparison of the plastral formulas provides distinction between the two species.
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