os·​te·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌä-stē-ˈä-lə-jē \

Definition of osteology

1 : a branch of anatomy dealing with the bones
2 : the bony structure of an organism

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Other Words from osteology

osteological \ ˌä-​stē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ adjective
osteologist \ ˌä-​stē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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When the 13 bones were shipped to Fiji and studied by Dr. D.W. Hoodless of the Central Medical School the next year, forensic osteology was still limited, Jantz said. Marwa Eltagouri, BostonGlobe.com, "Bones found on Pacific island in 1940 probably belonged to Earhart, study finds," 8 Mar. 2018 The osteology of Neovenator salerii (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Wealden Group (Barremian) of the Isle of Wight. Darren Naish, Scientific American Blog Network, "The Sensitive Face of a Big Predatory Dinosaur," 16 June 2017 For those of you with no medical background, osteology is the scientific study of bones and this museum is chock full of them. Jennifer D., WIRED, "No Bones About It, This Museum Is Hip," 13 Sep. 2011

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First Known Use of osteology

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for osteology

New Latin osteologia, from Greek, description of bones, from oste- + -logia -logy

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os·​te·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌäs-tē-ˈäl-ə-jē \
plural osteologies

Medical Definition of osteology

1 : a branch of anatomy dealing with the bones
2 : the bony structure of an organism

Other Words from osteology

osteological \ -​tē-​ə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl \ adjective

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