Endoskeleton



[en-doh-skel-i-tn] /ˌɛn doʊˈskɛl ɪ tn/

noun, Zoology.
1.
the internal or framework of the body of an animal (opposed to ).
/ˌɛndəʊˈskɛlɪtən/
noun
1.
the internal skeleton of an animal, esp the bony or cartilaginous skeleton of vertebrates Compare exoskeleton
n.

1838, from endo- + skeleton.

endoskeleton en·do·skel·e·ton (ěn’dō-skěl’ĭ-tn)
n.
An internal supporting skeleton, derived from the mesoderm, that is characteristic of vertebrates and certain invertebrates.
en’do·skel’e·tal (-ĭ-tl) adj.
endoskeleton
(ěn’dō-skěl’ĭ-tn)
The internal supporting framework of humans and other vertebrates, usually made of bone. Certain invertebrates, such as sponges and echinoderms, also have endoskeletons. Compare exoskeleton.

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