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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: vis'er-o-skel'e-ton


  1. Any bony formation in an organ, as in the heart, tongue, or penis of certain animals; the term also includes, according to some anatomists, the cartilaginous rings of the trachea and bronchi.
  2. The bony framework protecting the viscera (ribs and sternum, pelvic bones, and anterior portion of the cranium).

Synonym(s): splanchnoskeleton, visceral skeleton

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