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[skel-i-tn-ahyz] /ˈskɛl ɪ tnˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), skeletonized, skeletonizing.
to reduce to a skeleton, outline, or framework.
to reduce in size or number, as a military unit.
to construct in outline.
Also, especially British, skeletonise.
Origin of skeletonize
1635-45; skeleton + -ize
Related forms
skeletonization, noun
skeletonizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for skeletonize
  • When abundant, this insect injures roses and many other shrubs and trees when adult beetles skeletonize the leaves.
  • The eggs hatch, the tiny caterpillars skeletonize leaves in late summer and then hibernate on the trees.
  • Caterpillars of this moth skeletonize leaves while they live under a flat web.
  • They develop through three instars and skeletonize the foliage, often causing the leaves to drop.
British Dictionary definitions for skeletonize


verb (transitive)
to reduce to a minimum framework, number, or outline
to create the essential framework of
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