Definition of osteology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌästēˈäləjē/


The study of the structure and function of the skeleton and bony structures.
Example sentences
  • The book probes the limits of forensic osteology and examines both successes and failures.
  • This attention actually relates to the developmental molecular biology of the pituitary, rather than to osteology.
  • It is clear however that the human skeleton is unlike that of any other animal and this uniqueness is exploited in the science of osteology, where recognition of ‘human’ plays a vital role.



Pronunciation: /ˌästēəˈläjək(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • These structures are interpreted as osteological correlates of a system of air sacs and pneumatic diverticula similar to that of birds.
  • However the inner ear is divided, the osteological result is the same.
  • In addition, the osteological experts will analyze the skeletal data for this group and compare their individual data with similar data from other Civil War era remains.


Pronunciation: /ˌästēəˈläjik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Now, if you want to redefine birds osteologically to take in Caudipteryx, then what you do is to take the definition down very deeply into the Coelurosauria.
  • If a partly exposed skeleton is ‘deemed osteologically or archaeologically important’, the trench should be extended, but remains should otherwise be reinterred.


Pronunciation: /-jist/
Example sentences
  • A bone osteologist based at York University will undertake the examination of the human bones and this analysis will hopefully determine the age, sex and possible causes of death.
  • Whether further excavation work will be carried out depends on the results from the bone osteologist.
  • The co-author of Extinct Humans is Jeffrey H. Schwartz, an osteologist and paleontologist at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Syllabification: os·te·ol·o·gy

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