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

Definition of skeletal

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

Other Words from skeletal

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

Examples of skeletal in a Sentence

The archaeologist found skeletal remains. She was skeletal after her illness.
Recent Examples on the Web National Park Service officials said rangers were called Saturday to the reservoir between Nevada and Arizona after skeletal remains were discovered at Swim Beach. CBS News, 10 Aug. 2022 Police found skeletal remains in the area on July 19, which were sent to a forensic pathologist, who confirmed that the remains belonged to McClerkin. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 8 Aug. 2022 In the latest incident, park rangers got a call Saturday morning about skeletal remains at Swim Beach area, National Park Service officials said in a statement. Nouran Salahieh And Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 7 Aug. 2022 The skeletal remains are the second set to be found at Swim Beach. Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2022 The skeletal remains are now in the hand of the medical examiner. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Aug. 2022 A day after Farmer's arrest, officials say the investigation led them to skeletal remains in rural Miami County, which is north of Kokomo. The Indianapolis Star, 20 July 2022 Also, there was no reduction in the skeletal system as seen in modern flightless birds, like ostriches, suggesting that powerful muscles attached to the bones, allowing powered flight. David Bressan, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Officers arrived and observed skeletal human remains in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Carol Robinson |, al, 13 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of skeletal

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Skeletal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for skeletal


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

Kids Definition of skeletal

: of or relating to a skeleton skeletal muscles


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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