[ skel-i-tl ]
/ ˈskɛl ɪ tl /


of, relating to, or like a skeleton.

Origin of skeletal

First recorded in 1850–55; skelet(on) + -al1

Related forms

skel·e·tal·ly, adverbnon·skel·e·tal, adjectivenon·skel·e·tal·ly, adverbpseu·do·skel·e·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Science definitions for skeletal


[ 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 forms

skeletal adjective
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