The definition of skeletal means related to bones.adjective
An example of skeletal used as an adjective is skeletal muscles, the muscles that move the bones and support the skeleton.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- Of, relating to, forming, or of the nature of a skeleton.
- Attached to or formed by a skeleton.
- skelˈe·tal·ly adverb
Variant of skeleton
- the hard framework of an animal body, supporting the tissues and protecting the organs; specif., all the bones collectively, or the bony framework, of a human being or other vertebrate animal
- anything like a skeleton in any of various ways
- a very lean or emaciated person or animal
- a supporting framework, as of a ship
- an outline or preliminary sketch, as of a novel
- the meager or devitalized remains of something
Origin: ModL < Gr < skeleton (sōma), dried (body), mummy < skeletos, dried up, akin to sklēros, dry, hard < IE base *(s)kel- > shallow
- of or like a skeleton; specif., of, or having the nature of, the main or essential outline, framework, etc.: a skeleton plan
- greatly reduced: a skeleton force
- skeletal adjective
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