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  1. the branch of anatomy dealing with the skeleton.
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Origin of osteology

From the New Latin word osteologia, dating back to 1660–70. See osteo-, -logy
Related formsos·te·o·log·i·cal [os-tee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌɒs ti əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, os·te·o·log·ic, adjectiveos·te·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbos·te·ol·o·gist, noun
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Historical Examples of osteologist

  • Osteologist, one versed in the nature, arrangement, and uses of the bones.

    A Manual of the Antiquity of Man

    J. P. MacLean

  • When in doubt about any special part, give the osteologist the benefit of the doubt by saving the special part for him.

  • The development of the limb from the fin offers no serious difficulty to the osteologist.

  • It may be asked how the osteologist can distinguish the tame from the wild races of the same species by their skeletons alone.

  • Leave any cartilage attachments and any parts of a bony nature for the osteologist, to be on the safe side.

British Dictionary definitions for osteologist


  1. the study of the structure and function of bones
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Derived Formsosteological (ˌɒstɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveosteologically, adverbosteologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for osteologist



1660s, from French ostèologie, from Modern Latin osteologia, from Greek osteon "bone" (see osseous) + -logia (see -logy).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

osteologist in Medicine


  1. The branch of anatomy that deals with the structure and function of bones.
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