1. serving as a suspensory.
  2. suspending the operation of something.

Origin of suspensory

1535–45; < Latin suspēns(us) (see suspense) + -ory1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ries
  1. Also called: suspensor anatomy a ligament or muscle that holds a structure or part in position
  2. med a bandage, sling, etc, for supporting a dependent part
  3. another name (esp US) for jockstrap
  1. suspending or supporting
  2. anatomy (of a ligament or muscle) supporting or holding a structure or part in position
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suspensory in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to a ligament, muscle, or other structure that supports or suspends an organ or another part.
  1. A support or truss.
  2. An athletic supporter.
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