- belonging or pertaining to the Elasmobranchii, the subclass of cartilaginous fishes comprising the sharks and rays.
- an elasmobranch fish.
Origin of elasmobranch
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In this layer nuclei appear, which are equivalent to those in the Elasmobranch ovum.
There are at this stage two points in which the embryo Elasmobranch differs from the corresponding Amphibian embryo.
Elasmobranch fishes may be taken as the type to illustrate the mode of formation of the spinal nerves.
In the higher types the earlier changes are precisely the same as those in Elasmobranch Fishes.
In Elasmobranch Fishes two distinct sets of structures are found, both of which have been called suprarenal bodies.
- any cartilaginous fish of the subclass Elasmobranchii (or Selachii), which includes the sharks, rays, dogfish, and skates
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Elasmobranchii
Also called: selachian
C19: from New Latin elasmobranchii, from Greek elasmos metal plate + brankhia gills
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- 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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