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skeleton

 [skel´ĕ-ton]
the hardened tissues forming the supporting framework of an animal body; see skeletal system.
axial skeleton (skeleton axia´le) the bones of the cranium, vertebral column, ribs, and sternum.

skel·e·ton

(skel'ĕ-tŏn),
1. The bony framework of the body in vertebrates (endoskeleton) or the hard outer envelope of insects (exoskeleton or dermoskeleton).
2. All the dry parts remaining after the destruction and removal of the soft parts; this includes ligaments and cartilages as well as bones.
3. All the bones of the body taken collectively.
4. A rigid or semirigid nonosseous structure that functions as the supporting framework of a particular structure.
[G. skeletos, dried, ntr. skeleton, a mummy, a skeleton]

skeleton

/skel·e·ton/ (skel´ĕ-ton) [Gr.] the hard framework of the animal body, especially that of higher vertebrates; the bones of the body collectively.
appendicular skeleton  the bones of the limbs and supporting thoracic (pectoral) and pelvic girdles.
axial skeleton  the bones of the body axis, including the skull, vertebral column, ribs, and sternum.
cardiac skeleton  the fibrous or fibrocartilaginous framework that supports and gives attachment to the cardiac muscle fibers and valves, and the roots of the aorta and pulmonary trunk.

skeleton

(skĕl′ĭ-tn)
n.
a. The internal structure that protects and supports the soft organs, tissues, and other parts of a vertebrate organism, and is composed of bone and cartilage or, in certain animals, cartilage alone.
b. The hard external structure that supports, protects, or contains the body of many invertebrates, such as mollusks, crustaceans, and corals, and certain vertebrates, such as turtles.

skeleton

[skel′ətən]
Etymology: Gk, skeletos, dried up
the supporting framework for the body, comprising 206 bones in the adult that protect delicate structures, provide attachments for muscles, allow body movement, serve as major reservoirs of blood, and produce red blood cells, platelets, and most white blood cells. The skeleton is divided into the axial skeleton, which has 74 bones; the appendicular skeleton, with 126 bones; and the 6 auditory ossicles. The four types of bones composing the skeleton are the long bones, including the humerus, the ulna, the femur, the tibia, the fibula, and the phalanges of the fingers and the toes; the short bones, including the carpals and the tarsals; the flat bones, including the frontal bone and the parietal bone of the cranium, the ribs, and the shoulder bones; and the irregular bones, including the vertebrae, the bones of the sacrum, the bones of the coccyx, and certain bones of the skull, such as the sphenoid, the ethmoid, and the mandible. The skeleton changes throughout life as bone formation and bone destruction proceed concurrently. During childhood and adolescence, bone formation proceeds faster than bone destruction. Starting at 35 to 40 years of age, bone destruction proceeds faster than bone formation. In advanced age bone destruction increases, bones become thin and brittle, vertebrae may collapse, and height decreases. See also bone, the Color Atlas of Human Anatomy. skeletal, adj.

menopause

Change of life, climacteric, 'time of life'  Gynecology The cessation of menstrual activity due to failure to form ovarian follicles, which normally occurs age 45–50 Clinical Menstrual irregularity, vasomotor instability, 'hot flashes', irritability or psychosis, ↑ weight, painful breasts, dyspareunia, ↑/↓ libido, atrophy of urogenital epithelium and skin, ASHD, MI, strokes and osteoporosis–which can be lessened by HRT. See Estrogen replacement therapy, Hot flashes, Male menopause, Premature ovarian failure, Premature menopause. Cf Menarche.
Menopause–”…what a drag it is getting old.” Jagger, Richards
Bladder Cystourethritis, frequency/urgency, stress incontinence
Breasts ↓ Size, softer consistency, sagging
Cardiovascular Angina, ASHD, CAD
Endocrine Hot flashes
Mucocutaneous Atrophy, dryness, pruritus, facial hirsutism, dry mouth
Neurologic Psychological, sleep disturbances
Pelvic floor Uterovaginal prolapse
Skeleton  Osteoporosis, fractures, low back pain
Vagina Bloody discharge, dyspareunia, vaginitis
Vocal cords Deepened voice
Vulva  Atrophy, dystrophy, pruritus

skel·e·ton

(skel'ĕ-tŏn)
1. [TA] The bony framework of the body in vertebrates (endoskeleton) or the hard outer envelope of insects (exoskeleton or dermoskeleton).
2. All the dry parts remaining after the destruction and removal of the soft parts; this includes ligaments and cartilages as well as bones.
3. All the bones of the body taken collectively.
4. A rigid or semirigid nonosseous structure that functions as the supporting framework of a particular structure.
[G. skeletos, dried, ntr. skeleton, a mummy, a skeleton]

skeleton

(skĕl′ĕt-ŏn) [Gr., a dried-up body]
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SKELETON: anterior view of the axial (bone colored) and appendicular (blue colored) skeleton
The bony framework of the body consisting of 206 bones: 80 axial or trunk and 126 of the limbs (appendicular). This number does not include teeth or sesamoid bones other than the patella. See: illustration; table

appendicular skeleton

The bones that make up the shoulder girdle, upper extremities, pelvis, and lower extremities.

axial skeleton

Bones of the head and trunk.

cartilaginous skeleton

The part of the skeleton formed by cartilage; in the adult, the cartilage of the ribs and joints. Cartilage is more flexible and resistant to resorption due to pressure than bone.
Axial (80 bones)Appendicular (126 bones)
HeadTrunkUpper ExtremitiesLower Extremities
(29 bones)(51 bones)(64 bones)(62 bones)
Cranial (8) Frontal—1 Parietal—2 Occipital—1 Temporal—2 Sphenoid—1 Ethmoid—1 Facial (14) Maxilla—2 Mandible—1 Zygoma—2 Lacrimal—2 Nasal—2 Turbinate—2 Vomer—1 Palatine—2 Hyoid (1) Auditory ossicles (6) Malleus—2 Incus—2 Stapes—2Vertebrae (26) Cervical—7 Thoracic—12 Lumbar—5 Sacrum—1 Coccyx—1 Ribs (24) True rib—14 False rib—6 Floating rib—4 Sternum (1)Arms and shoulders (10) Clavicle—2 Scapula—2 Humerus—2 Radius—2 Ulna—2 Wrists (16) Scaphoid—2 Lunate—2 Triquetrum—2 Pisiform—2 Trapezium—2 Trapezoid—2 Capitate—2 Hamate—2 Hands (38) Metacarpal 10 Phalanx (finger bones)—28Legs and hips (10) Innominate or hip bone (fusion of the ilium, ischium, and pubis)—2 Femur—2 Tibia—2 Fibula—2 Patella (kneecap)—2 Ankles (14) Talus—2 Calcaneus (heel bone)—2 Navicular—2 Cuboid—2 Cuneiform, internal—2 Cuneiform, middle—2 Cuneiform, external—2 Feet (38) Metatarsal—10 Phalanx (toe bones)—28

skeleton

The framework of usually 206 articulated bones that give the body its general shape, and provides support and attachments for the muscles. The skeleton also provides varying degrees of protection for the internal organs.

skeleton

any structure present in an organism that maintains its shape and supports the structures associated with the body. It can take the form of an internal bony skeleton as in vertebrates, an external calcareous or chitinous exoskeleton as in arthropods, a hydrostatic skeleton as in jellyfish, earthworms etc., or of a subcellular system of support (see CYTOSKELETON).

skeleton

bony framework; collective term for the bones of the body

skel·e·ton

(skel'ĕ-tŏn) [TA]
1. Bony body framework in vertebrates.
2. All dry parts remaining after destruction and removal of soft parts; includes ligaments and cartilages as well as bones.
3. All bones of body taken collectively.
4. Rigid or semirigid nonosseous structure that functions as supporting framework of a particular structure.
[G. skeletos, dried, ntr. skeleton, a mummy, a skeleton]

skeleton

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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