visceral skeleton

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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 (for example, ribs and sternum, pelvic bones, and anterior portion of the cranium). Synonym(s): splanchnoskeleton, visceral skeleton

visceral skeleton

Etymology: L, viscus + Gk, skeletos, dried up
the part of the skeleton, including sternum, ribs, pelvis, and vertebrae, that encloses the viscera.

visceral skeleton

The pelvis, ribs, and sternum enclosing the viscera.


the stiff, hardened tissues forming the supporting framework of an animal body.

appendicular skeleton
the bones of the limbs.
axial skeleton
the skull, spine, ribs and sternum.
visceral skeleton
1. the skeleton that forms part of an organ such as the os penis or os cordis.
2. the bony framework that protects the viscera, such as the sternum, ribs or pelvis.
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