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


July 05, 2015
bunkum Hear it
insincere or foolish talk
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears