skeletal

adjective
skel·​e·​tal | \ ˈske-lə-tᵊl How to pronounce skeletal (audio) \

Definition of skeletal

: of, relating to, forming, attached to, or resembling a skeleton

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Other Words from skeletal

skeletally \ ˈske-​lə-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce skeletally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of skeletal in a Sentence

The archaeologist found skeletal remains. She was skeletal after her illness.
Recent Examples on the Web Hidden among the acres of skeletal birch and Christmas tree evergreens outside Anchorage, the prison houses 322 women convicts from across Alaska. Anchorage Daily News, "Her addiction landed her in a prison segregation wing. The man she says abused her lives free.," 20 June 2020 The commission also ratified a 5-0 vote in April by the board’s executive committee authorizing a permit for the Texas General Land Office to exhume partly intact sets of skeletal remains unearthed in recent months in the mission-era Alamo church. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "State commission recognizes Alamo church in downtown San Antonio as a cemetery," 17 June 2020 There was nothing left inside the egg, like skeletal remains, to prove what kind of animal was once inside of it. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Fossil egg discoveries, including one in Antarctica, show dinosaurs and marine reptiles laid soft-shell eggs," 17 June 2020 Most skeletal signs of disease are non-specific, though, meaning bioarchaeologists today can tell an individual was sick, but not with what disease. Charlotte Roberts, The Conversation, "What the archaeological record reveals about epidemics throughout history – and the human response to them," 15 June 2020 The guidelines are intentionally skeletal, Cramer said, leaving specific decisions to campus leaders. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW System's 13 schools will be open this fall, but how they operate will vary from campus to campus," 14 June 2020 All of your skeletal muscles are involved with posture, but the most important ones are the core stabilizing muscles around your abdomen, pelvis and back. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Working from home can ravage your spine, but good posture can help fix it," 12 June 2020 Her skeletal remains were discovered in 2003 in a remote Morgan County field about 15 miles from Bloomington. Crystal Hill, The Indianapolis Star, "John Myers to remain in prison as state appeals Jill Behrman murder case decision," 11 June 2020 Hidden among the acres of skeletal birch and Christmas tree evergreens outside Anchorage, the prison houses 322 women convicts from across Alaska. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "Her Addiction Landed Her in a Prison Segregation Wing. The Man She Says Abused Her Lives Free.," 20 June 2011

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First Known Use of skeletal

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of skeletal was in 1854

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24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Skeletal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skeletal. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for skeletal

skeletal

adjective
How to pronounce skeletal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of skeletal

technical : of or relating to a skeleton
: very thin

skeletal

adjective
skel·​e·​tal | \ ˈske-lə-tᵊl How to pronounce skeletal (audio) \

Kids Definition of skeletal

: of or relating to a skeleton skeletal muscles

skeletal

adjective
skel·​e·​tal | \ ˈskel-ət-ᵊl, British sometimes ske-ˈlēt-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of skeletal

: of, relating to, forming, attached to, or resembling a skeleton skeletal structures the skeletal system

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