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 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 The skeletal remains of a man who has been missing since September 2018 have been found in Palm Springs. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 Following the discovery of Gary Herbst's skull in late 2017, the rest of the skeletal remains were soon located by Barron County sheriff's deputies. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 After the fires, buildings survive at best as skeletal remains, or mere imprints of their foundations. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Sometimes, sheriff's deputies only find skeletal remains. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 Sometimes, sheriff's deputies only find skeletal remains. Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Deputies searching the area found additional skeletal remains in the area and contacted the Clackamas County Deputy Medical Examiner and forensic experts. oregonlive, 13 May 2021 The skeletal remains of a woman have been matched to a missing person more than 35 years after they were found, reviving old questions about how she was killed. Kyler Alvord, PEOPLE.com, 12 May 2021 For more than a century, the skeletal Irish elk stood exhibited at its full height, its antlers suspended from wires attached to the ceiling. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Skeletal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skeletal. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for skeletal

skeletal

adjective

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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