- The bony framework of the body in vertebrates (endoskeleton) or the hard outer envelope of insects (exoskeleton or dermoskeleton).
- All the dry parts remaining after the destruction and removal of the soft parts; this includes ligaments and cartilages as well as bones.
- All the bones of the body taken collectively.
- A rigid or semirigid nonosseous structure that functions as the supporting framework of a particular structure.
[G. skeletos, dried, ntr. skeleton, a mummy, a skeleton]