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endoskeleton

[ en-doh-skel-i-tn ]
/ ˌɛn doʊˈskɛl ɪ tn /
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noun Zoology.
the internal skeleton or framework of the body of an animal (opposed to exoskeleton).

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Origin of endoskeleton

First recorded in 1830–40; endo- + skeleton

OTHER WORDS FROM endoskeleton

en·do·skel·e·tal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for endoskeleton

endoskeleton
/ (ˌɛndəʊˈskɛlɪtən) /

noun
the internal skeleton of an animal, esp the bony or cartilaginous skeleton of vertebratesCompare exoskeleton

Derived forms of endoskeleton

endoskeletal, adjective
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Medical definitions for endoskeleton

endoskeleton
[ ĕn′dō-skĕlĭ-tn ]

n.
An internal supporting skeleton, derived from the mesoderm, that is characteristic of vertebrates and certain invertebrates.

Other words from endoskeleton

en′do•skele•tal (-ĭ-tl) adj.
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Scientific definitions for endoskeleton

endoskeleton
[ ĕn′dō-skĕlĭ-tn ]

The internal supporting framework of humans and other vertebrates, usually made of bone. Certain invertebrates, such as sponges and echinoderms, also have endoskeletons. Compare exoskeleton.
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