Definition of Axial skeleton
1. Noun. The part of the skeleton that includes the skull and spinal column and sternum and ribs.
Generic synonyms: Skeletal Structure
Group relationships: Endoskeleton
Medical Definition of Axial skeleton
1. Articulated bones of head and vertebral column, i.e., head and trunk, as opposed to the appendicular skeleton, the articulated bones of the upper and lower limbs. Synonym: skeleton axiale. (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Axial skeleton
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1. A Laboratory manual and text-book of embryology by Charles William Prentiss (1922)
"CHAPTER XI THE MORPHOGENESIS OF THE SKELETON AND MUSCLES I. THE SKELETAL SYSTEM THE skeleton comprises: (i) the axial skeleton (skull, vertebrae, ribs, ..."
2. Text-book of the embryology of man and mammals by Oscar Hertwig, Edward Laurens Mark (1905)
"The original foundation of the axial skeleton of all Vertebrates is the notochord or chorda dorsalis. By this is understood a flexible, rod-like structure, ..."
3. The Cat: An Introduction to the Study of Backboned Animals, Especially Mammals by St. George Jackson Mivart (1900)
"The axial skeleton makes its appearance much earlier than the appendicular ... The distinction of the axial skeleton into its vertebral and cranial portions ..."