skeletal

[skel-i-tl]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or like a skeleton.

Origin:
1850–55; skelet(on) + -al1

skeletally, adverb
nonskeletal, adjective
nonskeletally, adverb
pseudoskeletal, adjective
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skeleton (ˈskɛlɪtən)
 
n
1.  endoskeleton See also exoskeleton a hard framework consisting of inorganic material that supports and protects the soft parts of an animal's body and provides attachment for muscles: may be internal (an endoskeleton), as in vertebrates, or external( an exoskeleton), as in arthropods
2.  informal a very thin emaciated person or animal
3.  the essential framework of any structure, such as a building or leaf, that supports or determines the shape of the rest of the structure
4.  an outline consisting of bare essentials: the skeleton of a novel
5.  (US), (Canadian) (modifier) reduced to a minimum: a skeleton staff
6.  skeleton in the cupboard, skeleton in the closet a scandalous fact or event in the past that is kept secret
 
[C16: via New Latin from Greek: something desiccated, from skellein to dry up]
 
'skeletal
 
adj
 
'skeletally
 
adv
 
'skeleton-like
 
adj

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  1. The internal structure of vertebrate animals, composed of bone or cartilage, that supports the body, serves as a framework for the attachment of muscles, and protects the vital organs and associated structures.

  2. A hard protective covering or supporting structure of invertebrate animals. See also endoskeleton, exoskeleton.


skeletal adjective
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Example sentences
Some of this family resemblance is certainly a consequence of similar muscular
  and skeletal structures underlying the face.
There must be something more to the success of such a varied group than their
  skeletal and muscular inheritance.
The website stayed up, operated from a back-up site, but in skeletal form.
There needs to be a positive connection to the skeletal structure of the body,
  not a corset tightened around an arm or a leg.
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