[ os-tee-ol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌɒs tiˈɒl ə dʒi /


the branch of anatomy dealing with the skeleton.

Origin of osteology

From the New Latin word osteologia, dating back to 1660–70. See osteo-, -logy

Related forms

os·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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British Dictionary definitions for osteology


/ (ˌɒstɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /


the study of the structure and function of bones

Derived Forms

osteological (ˌɒstɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveosteologically, adverbosteologist, noun
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Medicine definitions for osteology


[ ŏs′tē-ŏlə-jē ]


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