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axial skeleton

n.
The bones constituting the head and trunk of a vertebrate body.

axial skeleton

n
(Anatomy) the bones that together comprise the skull and the vertebral column

ax′ial skel′eton


n.
the skeleton of the head and trunk.
[1870–75]
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Noun1.axial skeleton - the part of the skeleton that includes the skull and spinal column and sternum and ribsaxial skeleton - the part of the skeleton that includes the skull and spinal column and sternum and ribs
breastbone, sternum - the flat bone that articulates with the clavicles and the first seven pairs of ribs
skull - the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates
rib cage - the bony enclosing wall of the chest
skeletal structure - any structure created by the skeleton of an organism
endoskeleton - the internal skeleton; bony and cartilaginous structure (especially of vertebrates)
spinal column, spine, vertebral column, rachis, backbone, back - the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; "the fall broke his back"