from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The endoskeleton of a vertebrate; the skeleton proper, or, as ordinarily understood, that which consists of the interior bony framework of the body, and is developed in special relation with and upon the pattern of the nervous system, serving to inclose andsupport the cerebrospinal axis and main nervous trunks: a term introduced by Carus in 1828.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Anat.) The deep-seated parts of the vertebrate skeleton which are in relation with the nervous axis and locomotion.
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- noun anatomy The deep-seated parts of the
vertebrate skeletonrelated to the nervous axisand locomotion.
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Round the central nervous system are developed the deutovertebral rings of the neuroskeleton (vertebræ in the ordinary sense).
The thesis which Carus sustains is that all forms of skeleton, whether of dermatoskeleton, splanchnoskeleton, or neuroskeleton, can be deduced from the hollow sphere, which is the primary form of any skeleton whatsoever (p. 95).