noun Etymology: New Latin osteologia, from Greek, description of bones, from oste- + -logia -logy Date: 1670 1. a branch of anatomy dealing with the bones 2. the bony structure of an organism • osteological adjectiveosteologist noun

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  • Osteology — Os te*ol o*gy, n. [Osteo + logy: cf. F. ost[ e]ologie.] The science which treats of the bones of the vertebrate skeleton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • osteology — [äs΄tē äl′ə jē] n. [ModL: see OSTEO & LOGY] the study of the structure and function of bones osteological [äs΄tē äl′ō läj′i kəl] adj. osteologist n …   English World dictionary

  • Osteology — A human skeleton (endoskeleton) Osteology is the scientific study of bones. A subdiscipline of anatomy, anthropology, and archeology, osteology is a detailed study of the structure of bones, skeletal elements, teeth, morphology, function, disease …   Wikipedia

  • osteology —   n. study of bones; bony structure.    ♦ osteoarthritis, n. degenerative arthritis.    ♦ osteoblastic, a. pertaining to formation of bone.    ♦ osteochondrous, a. pertaining to bone and cartilage.    ♦ osteoclasis, n. surgical breaking of bone.… …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • osteology — study of the structure and development of bones …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • osteology — osteological /os tee euh loj i keuhl/, osteologic, adj. osteologically, adv. osteologist, n. /os tee ol euh jee/, n. the branch of anatomy dealing with the skeleton. [1660 70; < NL osteologia. See OSTEO , LOGY] * * * …   Universalium

  • osteology — noun a) the scientific study of the morphology and pathology of bones b) the bone structure of a particular individual, or species See Also: osteological, osteologically, osteologis …   Wiktionary

  • osteology — The anatomy of the bones; the science concerned with the bones and their structure. SYN: osteologia. [osteo + G. logos, study] * * * os·te·ol·o·gy .äs tē äl ə jē n, pl gies 1) a branch of anatomy dealing with the bones 2) the …   Medical dictionary

  • osteology — study of bones Sciences and Studies …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • osteology — n. study of the skeleton, study of bonesos·te·ol·o·gy || ‚ɑstɪ É‘lÉ™dʒɪ /‚ɒstɪ É’ …   English contemporary dictionary

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