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suspensory

[ suh-spen-suh-ree ]
/ səˈspɛn sə ri /
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noun, plural sus·pen·so·ries.

a supporting bandage, muscle, ligament, etc.

adjective

serving as a suspensory.
suspending the operation of something.

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Origin of suspensory

1535–45; <Latin suspēns(us) (see suspense) + -ory1
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British Dictionary definitions for suspensory

suspensory
/ (səˈspɛnsərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

Also called: suspensor anatomy a ligament or muscle that holds a structure or part in position
med a bandage, sling, etc, for supporting a dependent part
another name (esp US) for jockstrap

adjective

suspending or supporting
anatomy (of a ligament or muscle) supporting or holding a structure or part in position
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Medical definitions for suspensory

suspensory
[ sə-spĕnsə-rē ]

adj.

Of or relating to a ligament, muscle, or other structure that supports or suspends an organ or another part.

n.

A support or truss.
An athletic supporter.
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