• WordNet 3.6
    • n suspensory a bandage of elastic fabric applied to uplift a dependant part (as the scrotum or a pendulous breast)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Suspensory Fitted or serving to suspend; suspending; as, a suspensory muscle.
    • Suspensory (Anat) Of or pertaining to a suspensorium.
    • Suspensory Suspended; hanging; depending.
    • n Suspensory (Med) That which suspends, or holds up, as a truss
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • suspensory In anatomy and zoology, adapted or serving to suspend a part or organ; suspending; suspensorial: as, the cremaster is a suspensory muscle; the quadrate is a suspensory bone.
    • suspensory In surgery, forming a special kind of sling, in which an injured or diseased part is suspended: as, a suspensory bandage or belt for the scrotum in orchitis.
    • suspensory Suspending; causing interruption or delay; staying effect or operation: as, a suspensory proposal.
    • n suspensory A suspensory muscle, ligament, bone, or bandage; a suspensorium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Suspensory that suspends: doubtful
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. suspensoir, suspensoire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. suspendĕresub, beneath, pendēre, pensum, to hang.


In literature:

The suspensory indentations soon outline a crater which needs plugging.
"The Life of the Spider" by J. Henri Fabre
The first course is laid upon the fore-edge of the suspensory ring.
"More Hunting Wasps" by J. Henri Fabre
These screws were of much larger diameter than the suspensory ones, but could be worked at quite their speed.
"Rubur the Conqueror" by Jules Verne
A most important point remains; the peritoneal ligaments of the uterus fully subserve suspensory functions.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884" by Various
The suspensory act expresses reticence and disquietude.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
During the suspensory period Government would introduce an Amending Bill.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
All future appointments should be made by the Irish Government, without the suspensory period of six years named in the Bill of 1893.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
And finally, contraction of the suspensory ligament is of rare occurrence.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
The rejected coat forms a suspensory thread, expanding at its free end to form a little cup.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
I had worn a "suspensory" for about six years.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The wearing of a suspensory bag is also advisable for those whose testicles are unusually pendulous.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The liver is fixed to the right side, 11, by its suspensory ligaments.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
The extension of the scrotum and the "bearing-down" sensation may be relieved through the wearing of a suspensory bandage.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
The Ancients had a suspensory veto, but no initiative in legislation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 2" by Various
The testicle also may be drawn up by its suspensory muscle, and there may be irritability of the bladder.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various

In news:

Fleet Indian, who suffered an injury to her left front suspensory ligament during the Nov 4 running of the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr.
The Convergent Evolution of Suspensory Posture and Locomotion in Tree Sloths Journal of Mammalian Evolution DOI: 10.1007/s10914-011-9174-x.
Flashpoint has been retired from racing due to a torn suspensory in his front leg, according to Peachtree Stable head John Fort.
Flashpoint has been retired from racing due to a torn suspensory in his front leg, according to Peachtree Stable head John Fort.