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skeletal

[ skel-i-tl ]
/ ˈskɛl ɪ tl /
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adjective

of, relating to, or like a skeleton.

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Nearby words

skeezy, skeg, skeif, skeigh, skein, skeletal, skeletal extension, skeletal muscle, skeletal system, skeletal traction, skeletally

Origin of skeletal

First recorded in 1850–55; skelet(on) + -al1
Related formsskel·e·tal·ly, adverbnon·skel·e·tal, adjectivenon·skel·e·tal·ly, adverbpseu·do·skel·e·tal, adjective
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Word Origin and History for skeletal

skeletal


adj.

1849, from skeleton + -al (1). Related: Skeletally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for skeletal

skeleton

[ skĕlĭ-tn ]

The internal structure of vertebrate animals, composed of bone or cartilage, that supports the body, serves as a framework for the attachment of muscles, and protects the vital organs and associated structures.
A hard protective covering or supporting structure of invertebrate animals. See also endoskeleton exoskeleton.
Related formsskeletal adjective
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