Meaning of SKELETON in English

SKELETON

I. ˈske-lə-tən noun

Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, neuter of skeletos dried up; akin to Greek skellein to dry up, sklēros hard and perhaps to Old English sceald shallow

Date: 1578

1. : a usually rigid supportive or protective structure or framework of an organism ; especially : the bony or more or less cartilaginous framework supporting the soft tissues and protecting the internal organs of a vertebrate

2. : something reduced to its minimum form or essential parts

3. : an emaciated person or animal

4.

a. : something forming a structural framework

b. : the straight or branched chain or ring of atoms that forms the basic structure of an organic molecule

5. : something shameful and kept secret (as in a family) — often used in the phrase skeleton in the closet

• ske·le·ton·ic ˌske-lə-ˈtä-nik adjective

[

skeleton 1: 1 skull, 2 clavicle, 3 scapula, 4 sternum, 5 humerus, 6 pelvis, 7 carpus, 8 metacarpal bones, 9 phalanges (fingers), 10 tibia, 11 tarsus, 12 metatarsal bones, 13 phalanges (toes), 14 fibula, 15 patella, 16 femur, 17 ulna, 18 radius, 19 spinal column, 20 rib, 21 orbit

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II. adjective

Date: 1778

: of, consisting of, or resembling a skeleton

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