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[suhk-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]
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  1. adapted for sucking or suction, as an organ; functioning as a sucker for imbibing or adhering.
  2. having sucking organs; imbibing or adhering by suckers.
  3. pertaining to or characterized by suction.
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Origin of suctorial

1825–35; < New Latin sūctōri(us) (see suctorian) + -al1
Related formsnon·suc·to·ri·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for suctorial


  1. specialized for sucking or adheringthe suctorial mouthparts of certain insects
  2. relating to or possessing suckers or suction
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin suctōrius, from Latin sūgere to suck
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suctorial in Medicine


  1. Relating to or adapted for sucking.
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