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SKELETAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does skeletal mean? 

SKELETAL (adjective)
  The adjective SKELETAL has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to or forming or attached to a skeleton
2. very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

  Familiarity information: SKELETAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SKELETAL (adjective)


Sense 1skeletal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or forming or attached to a skeleton

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

the skeletal system / skeletal bones / skeletal muscles

Pertainym:

skeleton (the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal)


Sense 2skeletal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

Synonyms:

bony; cadaverous; emaciated; gaunt; haggard; pinched; skeletal; wasted

Context examples:

emaciated bony hands / a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys / eyes were haggard and cavernous / small pinched faces / kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration

Similar:

lean; thin (lacking excess flesh)


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