skeletal structure

Definitions of skeletal structure
  1. noun
    any structure created by the skeleton of an organism
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    rib cage
    the bony enclosing wall of the chest
    arch
    a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet)
    heel
    the back part of the human foot
    girdle
    an encircling or ringlike structure
    column
    any tubular or pillar-like supporting structure in the body
    appendicular skeleton
    the part of the skeleton that includes the pectoral girdle and the pelvic girdle and the upper and lower limbs
    axial skeleton
    the part of the skeleton that includes the skull and spinal column and sternum and ribs
    back, backbone, rachis, spinal column, spine, vertebral column
    the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
    metacarpus
    the part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges
    metatarsus
    the skeleton of the human foot between the toes and the tarsus; the corresponding part of the foot in birds or of the hind foot in quadrupeds
    tarsus
    the part of the foot of a vertebrate between the metatarsus and the leg; in human beings the bones of the ankle and heel collectively
    notochord
    a flexible rodlike structure that forms the supporting axis of the body in the lowest chordates and lowest vertebrates and in embryos of higher vertebrates
    chine
    backbone of an animal
    metatarsal arch
    the short lateral arch formed by the heads of the metatarsals
    instep
    the arch of the foot
    pectoral girdle
    a skeletal support to which the forelimbs of vertebrates are attached
    pectoral arch, shoulder girdle
    the bony arch formed by the collarbones and shoulder blades in humans
    haemal arch, hemal arch
    a structure arising ventrally from a vertebral centrum and enclosing the caudal blood vessels
    neural arch, vertebral arch
    a structure arising dorsally from a vertebral centrum and enclosing the spinal cord
    hip, pelvic arch, pelvic girdle, pelvis
    the structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates
    type of:
    anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
    a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
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