skeletal system definition
The framework of the body, consisting of bones and other connective tissues, which protects and supports the body tissues and internal organs. The human skeleton contains 206 bones, six of which are the tiny bones of the middle ear (three in each ear) that function in hearing. The largest bone in the body is the thigh bone, or femur.
noun 1. Anatomy, Zoology. the bones of a human or an animal considered as a whole, together forming the framework of the body. 2. any of various structures forming a rigid framework in an invertebrate. 3. an emaciated person or animal. 4. a supporting framework, as of a leaf, building, or ship. 5. an outline, […]
noun, Railroads. 1. a freight car essentially consisting of a central longitudinal girder fastened to the trucks, sometimes supplemented by one or more pairs of cross cantilevers: used for carrying logs or containers.
verb (used with object), skeletonized, skeletonizing. 1. to reduce to a skeleton, outline, or framework. 2. to reduce in size or number, as a military unit. 3. to construct in outline. verb (transitive) 1. to reduce to a minimum framework, number, or outline 2. to create the essential framework of
noun 1. a key with nearly the whole substance of the bit filed away so that it may open various locks. skeleton key noun 1. a key with the serrated edge filed down so that it can open numerous locks Also called passkey