visceral skeleton

visceral skeleton
the portion of the skeleton that protects the viscera, including the sternum, ribs, pelvis, and os coxae.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • mandibular arch — the cartilages and bones of the visceral skeleton forming the jaws. The upper jaw elements are the palatoquadrate or pterygoquadrate cartilages, the lower jaw ones Meckel s cartilages and the angular. This is the basic jaw, the primary mandibles …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • viscerocranium — see visceral skeleton …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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