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cremaster

[ kri-mas-ter ]
/ krɪˈmæs tər /
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noun

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.

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Origin of cremaster

1670–80; <Latin <Greek kremastḗr literally, suspender, akin to kremannýnai to hang

OTHER WORDS FROM cremaster

crem·as·te·ri·al [krem-uh-steer-ee-uhl], /ˌkrɛm əˈstɪər i əl/, crem·as·ter·ic [krem-uh-ster-ik], /ˌkrɛm əˈstɛr ɪk/, adjective
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Medical definitions for cremaster

cremaster
[ krə-măstər, krē- ]

n.

A muscle with origin from the internal oblique and inguinal ligament, enveloping the spermatic cord and the testis and supplied by the genitofemoral nerve, and whose action raises the testicle.

Other words from cremaster

cre′mas•teric (krē′mă-stĕrĭk) adj.
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