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 Sometimes, Higgins tells Live Science, the best way to safeguard the skeletal remains is to remove them from the site after recording their position. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "U.K. Storms Unearth Bones From Historic Scottish Cemetery—and Archaeologists Are Worried," 12 Mar. 2020 The fire was at the site of an unoccupied, four-story, condominium development (Rockport River), where builders had finished only a skeletal structure -- mainly elevator shafts and external wood framing. cleveland, "Rocky River chief calls condo blaze a ‘career fire’," 2 Mar. 2020 Research has shown that doing so can cause debilitating injury to mouth parts, internal organs and skeletal structure, especially for larger fish. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020 The skeletal remains in the 24000 block of Via Madrugada include bone fragments and a partial skull, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, which is continuing to investigate the discovery. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "Partial skull and other bones found in O.C. backyard are human, authorities say," 20 Feb. 2020 Firefighters checked for hot spots in the attic and found skeletal remains, McDade said. David K. Li, NBC News, "Three children removed over suspected abuse, then skeletal remains found," 29 Jan. 2020 Although no discoveries of human remains have been reported recently in the plaza, bones, bone fragments and at least three intact partial sets of skeletal remains have been unearthed in the Alamo’s mission church in recent months. Andrea Zelinski,, "Texas agency delays vote on moving Cenotaph in downtown San Antonio," 28 Jan. 2020 Certainly silicon chips will make better decisions than skeletal chaps, no? The Economist, "Open Future Society doesn't think ahead but we can trick ourselves into doing better," 24 Jan. 2020 With the staff at the destitute Al-Qurashi Park, as the zoo in Khartoum is known, unable to feed and look after the animals, many have died off or been evacuated, leaving only three skeletal lions, including a lioness. Time, "Photos of Starving Lions in Sudan Zoo Spark Global Concern," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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20 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Skeletal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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How to pronounce skeletal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of skeletal

technical : of or relating to a skeleton
: very thin


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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