Definition of Cetacea

1. Noun. An order of Eutheria.




Definition of Cetacea

1. n. pl. An order of marine mammals, including the whales. Like ordinary mammals they breathe by means of lungs, and bring forth living young which they suckle for some time. The anterior limbs are changed to paddles; the tail flukes are horizontal.

Definition of Cetacea

1. Noun. Whale-like mammals. ¹

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Medical Definition of Cetacea

1. An order of wholly aquatic mammals occurring in all the oceans and adjoining seas of the world, as well as in certain river systems. Some cetaceans are the only animals other than elephants that have a brain larger than man's. most have eyes well adapted to underwater vision and can also see well above water. They produce numerous underwater sounds used in echolocation. They feed generally on fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans. Most are gregarious and most have a relatively long period of parental care and maturation. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cetacea

cestoids
cestos
cestoses
cestraciont
cestuan
cestui
cestuis
cestus
cestuses
cesura
cesurae
cesural
cesuras
cesure
cesures
cetacea (current term)
cetacean
cetacean mammal
cetaceans
cetaceous
cetalkonium chloride
cetane
cetane number
cetanes
cetartiodactyl
cetartiodactyls
cetchup
cete

Literary usage of Cetacea

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1898)
"The accounts in these three papers go far towards supporting the thesis that the cetacea is a group of polyphyletic origin, and their resemblances those of ..."

2. On the Anatomy of Vertebrates by Richard Owen (1868)
"The tendons of the tricuspid valve go to three short and thick columns in most cetacea; but the rest of the inner surface is broken by strong trabecular ..."

3. Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1870)
"The Geographical Distribution of the cetacea. By Dr. X E. GRAY, FES &c. I HAVE for years been collecting all the information I could find on the cetacea, ..."

4. Report of the Annual Meeting (1901)
"... and find that the first segment of the fused sacrum varies in position from the 27th to the 31st vertebra behind the skull. Among cetacea they find that ..."

5. Animal and Vegetable Physiology: Considered with Reference to Natural Theology by Peter Mark Roget (1836)
"The order cetacea comprises by far the largest animals which inhabit the globe. Whatever may have been the magnitude of those huge monsters which once moved ..."

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