the skeleton of the head and trunk.
Origin of axial skeleton
First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for axial skeleton
the bones that together comprise the skull and the vertebral column
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Medicine definitions for axial skeleton
The bones of the head and trunk, excluding the pectoral and pelvic girdles.
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