Medical Dictionary


noun skel·e·ton \ˈskel-ət-ən\

Medical Definition of SKELETON

:  a usually rigid supportive or protective structure or framework of an organism; especially :  the bony or more or less cartilaginous framework supporting the soft tissues and protecting the internal organs of a vertebrate
:  the straight or branched chain or ring of atoms that forms the basic structure of an organic molecule

Illustration of SKELETON


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