chondrocrania

chondrocrania
n. part of the skull of an embryo comprising cartilage that later hardens into bones of the base of the skull

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • chondrocrania — the cartilaginous skeleton enclosing the brain, olfactory region, eye and inner ear. Part of skull first formed in the embryo. Forms the whole skull in Cyclostomata, Elasmobranchii and Holocephali. Covered by dermal bones in Teleostomi and… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • chondrocranium — /kon droh kray nee euhm/ n., pl. chondrocraniums, chondrocrania / nee euh/. a braincase composed of cartilage rather than bone, as the skull of sharks and of the vertebrate embryo before ossification. [1870 75; CHONDRO + CRANIUM] * * * …   Universalium

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