Definition of Skeletal

1. Adjective. Of or relating to or forming or attached to a skeleton. "Skeletal muscles"

Partainyms: Skeleton
Derivative terms: Skeleton

2. Adjective. Very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold. "Kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration"
Exact synonyms: Bony, Cadaverous, Emaciated, Gaunt, Haggard, Pinched, Wasted
Similar to: Lean, Thin
Derivative terms: Boniness, Bonyness, Gauntness

Definition of Skeletal

1. a. Pertaining to the skeleton.

Definition of Skeletal

1. Adjective. of, or relating to the skeleton ¹

2. Adjective. haggard, cadaverous, emaciated or gaunt ¹

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Definition of Skeletal

1. skeleton [adj] - See also: skeleton

Medical Definition of Skeletal

1. Pertaining to the skeleton. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Skeletal

skein cell
skeletal (current term)
skeletal dysplasia
skeletal extension
skeletal formula
skeletal frame
skeletal muscle
skeletal muscle fibres
skeletal muscle tissue
skeletal muscle ventricle
skeletal structure
skeletal survey
skeletal system
skeletal traction

Literary usage of Skeletal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Text-book of Comparative Anatomy by Arnold Lang, Henry Meyners Bernard, Matilda Bernard, Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel (1896)
"(c) The Accessory skeletal System. Ill this system may be included all those plates or ossicles which occur in parts of the body ..."

2. A Text-book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1881)
"Of all these various forms of contractile tissue the skeletal striated muscles, ... All the ordinary striated skeletal muscles are connected with nerves. ..."

3. Principles of General Physiology by William Maddock Bayliss (1920)
"TONUS IN skeletal MUSCLE The tonic state into which certain skeletal muscles, most markedly the extensors of the limbs, fall after separation of the centres ..."

4. Physiology and Biochemistry in Modern Medicine by John James Rickard Macleod (1922)
"raue somites as the skeletal muscles do. It is not sur- :•••^..^ ". ... ot tne skeletal muscles, the contraction of •<iix >^ ""^ —*%54*d with very ..."

5. The Pituitary Body and Its Disorders: Clinical States Produced by Disorders by Harvey Cushing (1912)
"THE GLANDULAR MANIFESTATIONS Modifications of skeletal Development.—The role of the hypophysis in growth is of primary interest, and before briefly ..."

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