Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the palate and to the quadrate bone, or their representatives.
- See cut under Spatularia.
- n. In selachians, a cartilage or bone combining or representing both the palatal and the quadrate (as well as certain others which are differentiated in true fishes), and intervening between the cranium and the lower jaw, forming the suspensorium of the latter. It is developed in all the plagiostomous fishes, or sharks and rays. The palatoquadrate is articulated with the base of the skull.
Gegenbaur, Comp. Anat. (trans.), p. 448.
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