- Entomology. a usually hooklike process on the posterior tip of a chrysalis, for attaching the pupa to a stem, twig, etc.
- Anatomy. the suspensory muscle of the testis.
Origin of cremaster
1670–80; < Latin < Greek kremastḗr literally, suspender, akin to kremannýnai to hang
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Examples from the Web for cremaster
The cremaster is a characteristic structure in the pupa of a moth or butterfly.
The cremaster, which is short, is bent upward at an oblique angle with the line of the ventral surface.The Butterfly Book
William Jacob Holland
Cremaster: a stout spine, process or hooked area at the hind end of pupae in Lepidoptera.
Crotchets: the curved spines or hooks on the prolegs of caterpillars and on the cremaster of pupae.
The pupa is fastened to this pad by a spiny hook or process, the cremaster (fig. 23 cr), on the last abdominal segment.