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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The cartilaginous cranium of an embryo before ossification.
  • noun A portion of the embryonic cranium forming the bones of the base of the skull and eventually undergoing ossification.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cartilaginous skull; a skull permanently cartilaginous, as that of many fishes.
  • noun The cartilaginous as distinguished from the membranous portions of an embryonic skull, which may eventually become entirely bony; that portion of an osseous skull which is preformed in cartilage.
  • noun In ichthyology, the persistent cartilaginous portion of the cranium occurring in many osseous fishes, such as the salmonids, subjacent to the bones.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy The developing skull, composed of cartilage, of an embryo before ossification

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