Skeleton

The skeleton (From Greek σκελετός, skeletos = "dried-body", "mummy") is the body part that forms the supporting structure of an organism. There are two different skeletal types: the exoskeleton, which is the stable outer shell of an organism, and the endoskeleton, which forms the support structure inside the body.

In a figurative sense, skeleton can refer to technology that supports a structure such as a building.

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... A commonly mistaken thought is that cartilage is only present in a human's nose area ... However, when humans are first developing in utero, they have a cartilage precursor to their skeletal structure ...

Famous quotes containing the word skeleton:

    The bone-frame was made for
    no such shock knit within terror,
    yet the skeleton stood up to it:
    the flesh? it was melted away,
    the heart burnt out, dead ember,
    tendons, muscles shattered, outer husk dismembered....
    Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961)

    The Queen has lands and gold, Mother
    The Queen has lands and gold,
    While you are forced to your empty breast
    A skeleton Babe to hold
    Amelia Edwards (1831–1892)

    Grammar is a tricky, inconsistent thing. Being the backbone of speech and writing, it should, we think, be eminently logical, make perfect sense, like the human skeleton. But, of course, the skeleton is arbitrary, too. Why twelve pairs of ribs rather than eleven or thirteen? Why thirty-two teeth? It has something to do with evolution and functionalism—but only sometimes, not always. So there are aspects of grammar that make good, logical sense, and others that do not.
    John Simon (b. 1925)