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suspensory

[suh-spen-suh-ree] /səˈspɛn sə ri/
noun, plural suspensories.
1.
a supporting bandage, muscle, ligament, etc.
adjective
2.
serving as a suspensory.
3.
suspending the operation of something.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin suspēns(us) (see suspense) + -ory
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  • It is of little importance as a muscle, but acts as a suspensory ligament.
  • Mueller's gibbon is a true brachiator which means it moves by suspensory behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for suspensory

suspensory

/səˈspɛnsərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(anatomy) Also called suspensor. a ligament or muscle that holds a structure or part in position
2.
(med) a bandage, sling, etc, for supporting a dependent part
3.
another name (esp US) for jockstrap
adjective
4.
suspending or supporting
5.
(anatomy) (of a ligament or muscle) supporting or holding a structure or part in position
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suspensory in Medicine

suspensory sus·pen·so·ry (sə-spěn'sə-rē)
adj.
Of or relating to a ligament, muscle, or other structure that supports or suspends an organ or another part. n.

  1. A support or truss.

  2. An athletic supporter.

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