axial skeleton


: the skeleton of the trunk and head

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At this point, paleontologists have uncovered a large portion of the axial skeleton, including the trunk of the vertebrae and the ribs. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 30 Aug. 2022 So far, pieces of the axial skeleton (a term that refers to a vertebrate’s head and trunk) have been removed from the site, including vertebrae and ribs. Ashley Stimpson, Popular Mechanics, 1 Sep. 2022 Your rib cage takes up nearly 50% of your axial skeleton. Dana Santas, CNN, 23 June 2021 Lucy's skeleton is represented by elements of her skull, upper limb, hand, axial skeleton, pelvis, lower limb and foot. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 15 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of axial skeleton was in 1856

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“Axial skeleton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

axial skeleton

: the skeleton of the trunk and head

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