Branchiostegal

Bran`chi*os"te*gal

(), a. [Gr. gill + to cover: cf. F. branchiostge.] (Anat.) Pertaining to the membrane covering the gills of fishes. -- n. (Anat.) A branchiostegal ray. See Illustration of Branchial arches in Appendix.
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This term was formerly applied to a group of fishes having boneless branchi. But the arrangement was artificial, and has been rejected.
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