chondrocranium


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Related to chondrocranium: dermatocranium, splanchnocranium, desmocranium

chondrocranium

[¦kän·drō′krā·nē·əm]
(anatomy)
The part of the adult cranium derived from the cartilaginous cranium.
(embryology)
The cartilaginous, embryonic cranium of vertebrates.
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In the autostylic architecture, the palatoquadrate is essentially fused to the chondrocranium.
Developed in the dermis and capable of bearing rooted teeth, dermal bone was laid down over the entire original chondrocranium on the undersurface of the palatoquadrate and the anterior portion of Meckel's cartilage.
At this point in the evolutionary process, the palatoquadrate was completely fused with the chondrocranium to form a true autostylic jaw suspension, and it was covered almost entirely by dermal bone.