skel|e|tal [ˈskelıtəl] adj
1.) like a skeleton or relating to a skeleton
Police discovered the skeletal remains of a corpse buried near the river.
2.) someone who is skeletal is so thin that you can see their bones through their skin
prisoners whose clothes hung loosely on their skeletal bodies

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  • Skeletal — Skel e*tal, a. Pertaining to the skeleton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skeletal — 1854; see SKELETON (Cf. skeleton) + AL (Cf. al) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • skeletal — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or functioning as a skeleton. 2) existing only in outline or as a framework. 3) very thin; emaciated. DERIVATIVES skeletally adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • skeletal — [[t]ske̱lɪt(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n Skeletal means relating to the bones in your body. ...the skeletal remains of seven adults. ...the skeletal system. 2) ADJ GRADED A skeletal person is so thin that you can see their bones through their skin.… …   English dictionary

  • skeletal — adjective 1. of or relating to or forming or attached to a skeleton (Freq. 13) the skeletal system skeletal bones skeletal muscles • Pertains to noun: ↑skeleton • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • skeletal — skel|e|tal [ skelıtl, skə litl ] adjective 1. ) relating to a skeleton: a skeletal disorder 2. ) extremely thin: skeletal limbs 3. ) consisting only of basic details: skeletal plans …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • skeletal — UK [ˈskelɪt(ə)l] / US [ˈskelɪt(ə)l, skəˈlɪt(ə)l] adjective 1) relating to a skeleton a skeletal disorder 2) extremely thin skeletal limbs 3) consisting only of basic details skeletal plans …   English dictionary

  • Skeletal — Pertaining to the skeleton, the bones of the body which collectively provide the framework for the body. * * * Relating to the skeleton. * * * skel·e·tal skel ət əl, Brit sometimes ske lēt əl adj of, relating to, forming, attached to, or… …   Medical dictionary

  • skeletal — adj. Skeletal is used with these nouns: ↑finger, ↑muscle, ↑remains, ↑structure …   Collocations dictionary

  • skeletal — adjective like a skeleton or connected with a skeleton: the skeletal bodies of the starving people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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