|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]|
skeleton skel·e·ton (skěl'ĭ-tn)
The internal structure composed of bone and cartilage that protects and supports the soft organs, tissues, and other parts of a vertebrate organism; endoskeleton.
All the bones of the body taken collectively.
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