What is skeleton?

  • (noun): The hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal.
    Synonyms: skeletal system, frame, systema skeletale
    See also — Additional definitions below


The skeleton (From Greek σκελετός, skeletos = "dried-body", "mummy") is the body part that forms the supporting structure of an organism. There are two different skeletal types: the exoskeleton, which is the stable outer shell of an organism, and the endoskeleton, which forms the support structure inside the body.

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Skeleton - Bones and Cartilage - Cartilage
... A commonly mistaken thought is that cartilage is only present in a human's nose area ... However, when humans are first developing in utero, they have a cartilage precursor to their skeletal structure ...
Skeleton Watch
... A skeleton watch is a mechanical watch (although occasionally quartz), in which all of the moving parts are visible through either the front of the watch, the back of the watch or a small cut outlining the dial ... part of the watch, leaving only a minimalist 'bare' skeleton of the movement required for functionality ... Some makers of mechanical skeleton watches and models include Invicta watch Patek Philippe Skeleton Stauer 1779 and 1901 Skeleton Festina Fossil Twist Swatch DEPA Skeleton movements Orkina ...

More definitions of "skeleton":

  • (noun): The internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape.
    Example: "The building has a steel skeleton"
    Synonyms: skeletal frame, frame, underframe
  • (noun): Something reduced to its minimal form.
    Example: "The battalion was a mere skeleton of its former self"; "the bare skeleton of a novel"

Famous quotes containing the word skeleton:

    The bone-frame was made for
    no such shock knit within terror,
    yet the skeleton stood up to it:
    the flesh? it was melted away,
    the heart burnt out, dead ember,
    tendons, muscles shattered, outer husk dismembered....
    Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961)

    The bird is not in its ounces and inches, but in its relations to Nature; and the skin or skeleton you show me, is no more a heron, than a heap of ashes or a bottle of gases into which his body has been reduced, is Dante or Washington.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Grammar is a tricky, inconsistent thing. Being the backbone of speech and writing, it should, we think, be eminently logical, make perfect sense, like the human skeleton. But, of course, the skeleton is arbitrary, too. Why twelve pairs of ribs rather than eleven or thirteen? Why thirty-two teeth? It has something to do with evolution and functionalism—but only sometimes, not always. So there are aspects of grammar that make good, logical sense, and others that do not.
    John Simon (b. 1925)