One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of the paired ventral cartilaginous sections of the branchial arch in fishes.
- ‘Lateral expansion occurs through rotation of the curved ceratobranchials I and 2 about their articulations with the hyoid body.’
- ‘The inner surface of the right operclc can be observed, and also some branchial arch elements such as the ceratobranchial and hypobranchial.’
- ‘Thus, each of the branchial arches, the arches which actually function as respiratory arches in fishes, has an epibranchial and a ceratobranchial.’
- ‘As mentioned above, the coracoid also articulates with terminal ceratobranchial through a coracoid condyle.’
- ‘In Amia, as in many actinopterygian fishes, the ceratobranchials do much of the mundane work and heavy lifting.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek keras, kerat- ‘horn’ + branchial (see branchia).
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