chondrocranium

[ kon-droh-krey-nee-uhm ]
/ ˌkɒn droʊˈkreɪ ni əm /

noun, plural chon·dro·cra·ni·ums, chon·dro·cra·ni·a [kon-droh-krey-nee-uh]. /ˌkɒn droʊˈkreɪ ni ə/.

a braincase composed of cartilage rather than bone, as the skull of sharks and of the vertebrate embryo before ossification.

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Origin of chondrocranium

First recorded in 1870–75; chondr(i)o- + cranium
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Medical definitions for chondrocranium

chondrocranium
[ kŏn′drō-krānē-əm ]

n.

The cartilaginous parts of the developing skull.
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