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.

1635–45; skeleton + -ize

skeletonization, noun
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skeletonize or skeletonise (ˈskɛlɪtəˌnaɪz)
1.  to reduce to a minimum framework, number, or outline
2.  to create the essential framework of
skeletonise or skeletonise

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When abundant, this insect injures roses and many other shrubs and trees when adult beetles skeletonize the leaves.
They develop through three instars and skeletonize the foliage, often causing the leaves to drop.
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.
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