skeletal structure

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Noun1.skeletal structure - any structure created by the skeleton of an organismskeletal structure - any structure created by the skeleton of an organism
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
rib cage - the bony enclosing wall of the chest
arch - a curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet)
heel - the back part of the human foot
girdle - an encircling or ringlike structure
skeletal system, systema skeletale, skeleton, frame - the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a frame for the body of an animal
column - any tubular or pillar-like supporting structure in the body
appendicular skeleton - the part of the skeleton that includes the pectoral girdle and the pelvic girdle and the upper and lower limbs
axial skeleton - the part of the skeleton that includes the skull and spinal column and sternum and ribs
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"
metacarpus - the part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges
metatarsus - the skeleton of the human foot between the toes and the tarsus; the corresponding part of the foot in birds or of the hind foot in quadrupeds
tarsus - the part of the foot of a vertebrate between the metatarsus and the leg; in human beings the bones of the ankle and heel collectively
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'There was just a skeletal structure left abandoned to drug addicts before a social worker highlighted the matter in the media and the then woman EDO took notice of it and helped complete the project,' she says.
The body tenses against the pain.The tensing makes the muscles less flexible, makes you less stable, gives less protection to the organs and affects your skeletal structure.
'This will allow for good skeletal structure, and some other body processes to function well.'
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In addition, the skeletal structure of a monkey is more similar to a cat or dog and that of the ape is more similar to the human skeletal structure.
Moreover, transcriptomic and epigenetic comparisons with mouse skeletal stem cells revealed evolutionarily conserved pathways regulating the stem-cell-mediated formation of skeletal tissues, as well as divergent molecular pathways that may regulate species-specific differences in bone development and skeletal structure.
Without a consistent supply of calcium, hens will pull calcium from their bones to make eggshells, which can weaken their skeletal structure.
The skeletal structure of large goliath grouper cannot adequately support their weight out of the water without some type of damage." 
Korean spirituality is heavily based around its geography, particularly the mountain ranges that make up the skeletal structure of the peninsula.
However, perceptions of ability are drawn from a face's skeletal structure, which cannot be changed.
Caption: Figure 3: Rebinned 100 [micro]m voxel images where the (a) maximum intensity projection (MIP) of a whole body perfused mouse demonstrates that the attenuation of the Er2O3 contrast agent in the vasculature is higher than the mouse's skeletal structure. Quantitative measurements of attenuation (in HU) were obtained from regions drawn within heart (b), testes (c), inferior vena cava (d), and cortical bone (e).