appendicular skeleton


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appendicular skeleton

[‚ap·ən′dik·yə·lər ′skel·ə·tən]
(anatomy)
The bones of the pectoral and pelvic girdles and the paired appendages in vertebrates.
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7%) was achieved when experienced radiographers reported fractures of the appendicular skeleton in adults.
A 45-year-old white male was found to have radiographic findings of a diffusely dense appendicular skeleton, mild trabecular thickening, and multiple thoracic compression fractures indicating structural weakness.
Quantitative Ultrasound (QUS) is a non-invasive adjunct tool applied to the appendicular skeleton for diagnosing osteoporosis and identifying fracture risk (FDA, 1998).
Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disorder of unknown cause that affects principally the axial skeleton, though the appendicular skeleton may also be significantly involved.
Conversely, elements of the appendicular skeleton -- such as the posttemporal (a cranial element in the true sense, but appendicular in location), supracleithrum, cleithrum, postcleithrum, scapula, coracoid and basipterygium -- were sometimes left in cured products.