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.

Nearby words

  1. creepy-crawly,
  2. creese,
  3. crefeld,
  4. crem,
  5. cremains,
  6. cremasterial,
  7. cremasteric artery,
  8. cremasteric reflex,
  9. cremate,
  10. cremation

Origin of cremaster

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

Related formscrem·as·te·ri·al [krem-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌkrɛm əˈstɪər i əl/, crem·as·ter·ic [krem-uh-ster-ik] /ˌkrɛm əˈstɛr ɪk/, adjective

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