Meaning of metapterygium in English:

metapterygium

Pronunciation /ˌmɛtəptəˈrɪdʒɪəm/

noun

Ichthyology
  • The prominent posterior cartilage at the base of the pectoral (and sometimes pelvic) fin in certain cartilaginous fishes.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From German Metapterygium from meta- + ancient Greek πτερύγιον.