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n. the rigid framework of connected bones that gives form to the body, protects and supports its soft organs and tissues, and provides attachments for muscles and a system of levers essential for locomotion. The 206 named bones of the body are organized into the axial skeleton (of the head and trunk) and the appendicular skeleton (of the limbs). See illustration. —skeletaladj.

The skeleton.

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Chemistry.

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