[ en-doh-skel-i-tn ]
/ ˌɛn doʊˈskɛl ɪ tn /
Origin of endoskeleton
First recorded in 1830–40; endo-
Related formsen·do·skel·e·tal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for endoskeleton
This is contrasted with the human skeletal system, which is classified as an endoskeleton.
In general fish with a greatly developed dermal armour have the endoskeleton poorly developed; and the converse also holds good.
The endoskeleton of the Codfish, though partially cartilaginous, is mainly ossified.
The endoskeleton of the Newt, though ossified to a considerable extent, is more cartilaginous than is that of the frog.
British Dictionary definitions for endoskeleton
the internal skeleton of an animal, esp the bony or cartilaginous skeleton of vertebratesCompare exoskeleton
Derived Formsendoskeletal, adjective
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Medicine definitions for endoskeleton
An internal supporting skeleton, derived from the mesoderm, that is characteristic of vertebrates and certain invertebrates.
Related formsen′do•skel′e•tal (-ĭ-tl) adj.
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Science definitions for endoskeleton
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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