suspensory

suspensory
suspensory [sə spen′sə rē]
adj.
[< L suspensus (see SUSPENSE) + -ORY]
1. suspending, supporting, or sustaining [a suspensory muscle or bandage]
2. suspending or delaying, esp. so as to leave something undecided
n.
pl. suspensories
1. a suspensory muscle or bandage
2. a mesh fabric pouch for supporting the scrotum, on a band around the hips

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  • Suspensory — Sus*pen so*ry, a. 1. Suspended; hanging; depending. [1913 Webster] 2. Fitted or serving to suspend; suspending; as, a suspensory muscle. Ray. [1913 Webster] 3. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to a suspensorium. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Suspensory — Sus*pen so*ry, n. [Cf. F. suspensoir, suspensoire.] That which suspends, or holds up, as a truss; specifically (Med.), a bandage or bag for supporting the scrotum. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suspensory — 1. Suspending; supporting; denoting a ligament, a muscle, or other structure that keeps an organ or other part in place. 2. A supporter applied to uplift a dependent part, such as the scrotum or a pendulous breast. * * * sus·pen·so·ry sə spen(t)s …   Medical dictionary

  • suspensory — /seuh spen seuh ree/, n., pl. suspensories, adj. n. 1. a supporting bandage, muscle, ligament, etc. adj. 2. serving as a suspensory. 3. suspending the operation of something. [1535 45; < L suspens(us) (see SUSPENSE) + ORY] * * * …   Universalium

  • suspensory — 1. adjective a) Held in suspension. b) Holding in suspension. 2. noun a) Something that suspends. b) Specifically the suspensory ligament …   Wiktionary

  • suspensory — sus•pen•so•ry [[t]səˈspɛn sə ri[/t]] n. pl. ries, adj. 1) anat. med a supporting bandage, muscle, ligament, etc 2) anat. med serving as a suspensory 3) suspending the operation of something • Etymology: 1535–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • suspensory — /səˈspɛnsəri/ (say suh spensuhree) adjective 1. serving or fitted to suspend or hold up, as a ligament, muscle, bandage, etc. 2. suspending the operation of something. –noun (plural suspensories) 3. a suspensory bandage, ligament, muscle, or the… …  

  • Suspensory ligament — describes any ligament that supports a body part, especially an organ. Types include:* In humans ** Suspensory ligament of the penis ** Suspensory ligament of the ovary ** Suspensory ligament of the lens ** Suspensory ligament of the breast * In… …   Wikipedia

  • Suspensory behavior — Suspensory Behavior, exhibited by primates, is a form of arboreal locomotion or a feeding behavior which involves hanging or suspension of the body below or among the branches, rather than moving or sitting on top of the branches. This includes… …   Wikipedia

  • suspensory ligament — n a ligament or fibrous membrane suspending an organ or part: as a) a ringlike fibrous membrane connecting the ciliary body and the lens of the eye and holding the lens in place b) FALCIFORM LIGAMENT * * * a ligament that serves to support or… …   Medical dictionary

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