Share this entry
ceratobranchial Line breaks: cerato|bran¦chial
Pronunciation: /ˌsɛrətə(ʊ)ˈbraŋkɪəl/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of ceratobranchial in English:


Each of the paired ventral cartilaginous sections of the branchial arch in fishes.
Example sentences
  • In Amia, as in many actinopterygian fishes, the ceratobranchials do much of the mundane work and heavy lifting.
  • 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.


Mid 19th century: from Greek keras, kerat- 'horn' + branchial (see branchia).

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources