Definition of elasmobranch in English:



  • A cartilaginous fish of a group that comprises the sharks, rays, and skates.

    Compare with selachian

    Subclass Elasmobranchii, class Chondrichthyes

    ‘However, the presence of modulation in feeding among the elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays) has not been extensively studied.’
    • ‘Like other elasmobranchs (sharks and rays), skates are vulnerable to overfishing because they mature late.’
    • ‘Additional comments are made below regarding the distribution of epipelagic, mesopelagic, and benthopelagic elasmobranchs and teleosts in the upwelling assemblages.’
    • ‘Catsharks, like other elasmobranchs, have a high sensitivity to electric fields created by the movement of water, of other fishes, and even the movement of the earth.’
    • ‘In vertebrates, the smallest number of research citations on these peptides are commonly in the cyclostomes and elasmobranchs.’



/əˈlazməˌbraNGk/ /əˈlæzməˌbræŋk/


Late 19th century from modern Latin Elasmobranchii (plural), from Greek elasmos ‘beaten metal’ + brankhia ‘gills’.