- The definition of skeletal means related to bones.
An example of skeletal used as an adjective is skeletal muscles, the muscles that move the bones and support the skeleton.
skeletal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Modern Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from skeleton (sōma), dried (body), mummy ; from skeletos, dried up, akin to sklēros, dry, hard ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kel- from source 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