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 (krā′nē-ĭt, -āt′)
Any of numerous animals having a cranium of bone or cartilage, including all vertebrates and the hagfishes.
Having a cranium.
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(ˈkreɪnɪɪt; -ˌeɪt)
(Anatomy) having a skull or cranium
adj, n
(Zoology) another word for vertebrate
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(ˈkreɪ ni ɪt, -ˌeɪt)

1. having a cranium or skull.
2. a craniate animal.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.craniate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or craniumcraniate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
fetus, foetus - an unborn or unhatched vertebrate in the later stages of development showing the main recognizable features of the mature animal
chordate - any animal of the phylum Chordata having a notochord or spinal column
Craniata, subphylum Craniata, subphylum Vertebrata, Vertebrata - fishes; amphibians; reptiles; birds; mammals
Amniota - higher vertebrates (reptiles, birds and mammals) possessing an amnion during development
amniote - any member of the Amniota
aquatic vertebrate - animal living wholly or chiefly in or on water
gnathostome - a vertebrate animal possessing true jaws
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
amphibian - cold-blooded vertebrate typically living on land but breeding in water; aquatic larvae undergo metamorphosis into adult form
reptile, reptilian - any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia including tortoises, turtles, snakes, lizards, alligators, crocodiles, and extinct forms
mammal, mammalian - any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk
tetrapod - a vertebrate animal having four feet or legs or leglike appendages
belly - the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish
tail - the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
caudal appendage - tail especially of a mammal posterior to and above the anus
costa, rib - any of the 12 pairs of curved arches of bone extending from the spine to or toward the sternum in humans (and similar bones in most vertebrates)
blood - the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped through the body by the heart and contains plasma, blood cells, and platelets; "blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and carries away waste products"; "the ancients believed that blood was the seat of the emotions"
ovary - (vertebrates) one of usually two organs that produce ova and secrete estrogen and progesterone
chest, pectus, thorax - the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates
pedal extremity, vertebrate foot - the extremity of the limb in vertebrates
dactyl, digit - a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates
endoskeleton - the internal skeleton; bony and cartilaginous structure (especially of vertebrates)
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