os·​te·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌä-stē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce osteology (audio) \

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 How to pronounce osteology (audio) \ adjective
osteologist \ ˌä-​stē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce osteology (audio) \ noun

Examples of osteology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 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, 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, 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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“Osteology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteology. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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os·​te·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌäs-tē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce osteology (audio) \
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 How to pronounce osteology (audio) \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on osteology

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about osteology


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