suspensory
I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. held in suspension; also fitted or serving to suspend 2. temporarily leaving undetermined ; suspensive 1 II. noun (plural -ries) Date: 15th century something that suspends or holds up; especially a fabric supporter for the scrotum

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  • 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 …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   Australian English dictionary

  • suspensory — sus pen·so·ry || sÉ™ spensÉ™rɪ n. something which holds up or supports (such as a muscle or bandage); athletic supporter adj. supporting, suspending, holding up; delaying …   English contemporary dictionary

  • suspensory — adjective 1》 holding and supporting an organ or participle 2》 relating to the suspension of an event, action, or legal obligation …   English new terms dictionary

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