Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Supporting or suspending: a suspensory bandage.
  • adj. Delaying completion.
  • n. A support or truss.
  • n. An athletic supporter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Held in suspension.
  • adj. Holding in suspension.
  • adj. Suspensive.
  • n. Something that suspends.
  • n. Specifically the suspensory ligament

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Suspended; hanging; depending.
  • adj. Fitted or serving to suspend; suspending.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a suspensorium.
  • n. That which suspends, or holds up, as a truss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In anatomy and zoology, adapted or serving to suspend a part or organ; suspending; suspensorial: as, the cremaster is a suspensory muscle; the quadrate is a suspensory bone.
  • In surgery, forming a special kind of sling, in which an injured or diseased part is suspended: as, a suspensory bandage or belt for the scrotum in orchitis.
  • Suspending; causing interruption or delay; staying effect or operation: as, a suspensory proposal.
  • n. A suspensory muscle, ligament, bone, or bandage; a suspensorium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bandage of elastic fabric applied to uplift a dependant part (as the scrotum or a pendulous breast)

Etymologies

suspense +‎ -ory (Wiktionary)

Examples

  •   I can make it into the abdomen and locate the uterus and trace it up to the swelling of the ovary and begin to strum the suspensory ligament, but that's it.

    What Hands Can Do

  •             I put slight pressure on this suspensory ligament, and the dog's breathing becomes more rapid.

    What Hands Can Do

  • Earlier research by other authors indicated that for monkeys this suspensory way of locomotion might be a more energetically efficient way of transportation than ‘regular’ walking on the ground.

    Living Upside-Down Shapes Spiders for Energy Saving

  • The button-hole, I have said, is a modern invention; Urwah is also applied to the loopshaped handle of the water-skin, for attachment of the Allákah or suspensory thong.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I put slight pressure on this suspensory ligament, and the dog's breathing becomes more rapid.

    What Hands Can Do

  • I can make it into the abdomen and locate the uterus and trace it up to the swelling of the ovary and begin to strum the suspensory ligament, but that's it.

    What Hands Can Do

  • For length, the penis is separated from its mooring — its suspensory ligaments — and, essentially, given a yank to bring more penis above-board.

    The Transom

  • She held that tense, almost fetal postition for a suspensory moment -- then broke down.

    last night, summarized

  • This section is all about the clitoris and its many wonderful parts: clitoris, hood of clitoris, glans of clitoris, shaft of clitoris, suspensory ligament, crura, bulbs of the vestibule, and vestibular glands.

    OUR BODIES, OURSELVES

  • Touch any part — there is a slow suspensory withdrawal, and then a snap and spurt of water as the last remnant of the living mantle disappears between the interlocking valves of porcelain white.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

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  • "But because Dan was unable to move much due to his chronic pastern and suspensory problems, his life was sometimes dull. After Plummer quit in 1912... workers on the farm began taking turns bringing the pacer home with them for one- to three-day stretches. Kelly Madigan Erlandson, a great-granddaughter of a Savage farmhand named Michael Egan, remembers her grandmother Effie telling stories of walking into the backyard with her girlfriends and finding Dan Patch standing beside her mother's garden, munching on grass. Effie and her sister would sometimes climb on the horse and ride him bareback. You could always take Dan anywhere."
    —Charles Leerhsen, Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008), 324

    October 28, 2008