Cremaster

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cremaster (Anat) A thin muscle which serves to draw up the testicle.
    • Cremaster (Zoöl) The apex of the last abdominal segment of an insect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cremaster The muscle of the spermatic cord; the suspensory muscle of the testicle, consisting of a series of fibers derived from the internal oblique muscle of the abdomen, and let down in loops upon the cord.
    • n cremaster In entomology, a name given by Kirby to little hook-like processes on the posterior extremity of many lepidopterous pupæ, by which they suspend themselves during pupation; hence, the tip of the abdomen of the pupa of any insect which undergoes complete metamorphosis, serving for the attachment of the pupa. It is the homologue of the anal plate of the larva, and its form is foreshadowed in that of the anal plate.
    • n cremaster A hook for hanging a pot or other vossel over a fire.
    • cremaster Suspensory; pertaining to the cremaster: as, the cremaster muscle.
    • n cremaster In marsupials a muscle which compresses the mammary gland and forces the milk down the gullet of the young while in the pouch.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. , fr. to hang

Usage

In literature:

Cremaster: a stout spine, process or hooked area at the hind end of pupae in Lepidoptera.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The cremaster muscle manifests itself as being a part of the internal oblique, viewing this in its totality.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
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In news:

Matthew Barney and Richard Flood discuss the Cremaster cycle (Part 2 of 5).
Named for the muscle that turns your nutsack into a walnut when it gets cold, The Cremaster Cycle swings the biggest dick in contemporary art.
To watch Matthew Barney's entire six-hour-and-thirty-seven-minute Cremaster Cycle (also previewed by Alex Miokovic and Heidi Nickisher on page 18) over the course of one evening after being told it was a virtually impossible task.
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