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skeeter syndrome

(skēt′ĕr) [Humorous pronunciation of mosquito] A colloquial term for an extensive localized reaction to a mosquito bite.


(skān) A continuous, loose coil, as of yarn or thread.


(skĕl′ĕ-tăl) [Gr. skeleton, a dried-up body] Pert. to the skeleton.

skeletal-related event

The metastasis of a tumor to bone, and/or its clinical effects.

skeletal survey

A radiographic study of the entire skeleton to look for evidence of occult fractures, multiple myeloma, metastatic tumor, or child abuse.

skeletal system

The bony framework of the body. SEE: skeleton.

skeletal traction

SEE: under traction.

skeleto-, skelet-

[Gr., skeleto-, dried up, withered, a mummy] Prefixes meaning skeleton.


(skel′ĕt-ŏn) [Gr. skeletos, dried-up (body)] 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: illus.; table.




anterior view of the axial (bone colored) and appendicular (blue colored) skeleton


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Bones of the Human Skeleton
Axial (80 bones) Appendicular (126 bones)
Head (29 bones) Trunk (51 bones) Upper Extremities (64 bones) Lower Extremities (62 bones)

Cranial (8)







Facial (14)









Hyoid (1)

 Auditory ossicles (6)




Vertebrae (26)






Ribs (24)

 True rib—14

 False rib—6

 Floating rib—4

Sternum (1)

Arms and shoulders (10)






Wrists (16)









Hands (38)

 Metacarpal 10

 Phalanx (finger bones)—28

Legs and hips (10)

 Innominate or hip bone (fusion of the ilium, ischium, and pubis)—2




 Patella (kneecap)—2

Ankles (14)


 Calcaneus (heel bone)—2



 Cuneiform, internal—2

 Cuneiform, middle—2

 Cuneiform, external—2

Feet (38)


 Phalanx (toe bones)—28

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

axial s. The bones of the skull, vertebral column, and limb girdles.

cartilaginous s. The part of the skeleton formed by cartilage, as of the ribs and joints. Cartilage is more flexible and resistant to resorption due to pressure than bone is.

Skene, Alexander

(skēn) Scots-born U.S. gynecologist, 1838–1900.

S. duct Either of the two slender ducts of the Skene glands ...

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