osteology
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S: SDir – https://bit.ly/2BJwQ1p (last access: 26 October 2019); Ark – https://bit.ly/2PhwMOx (last access: 26 October 2019).

N: 1. “the branch of anatomy which treats of the bones,” 1660s, from French ostèologie, from Modern Latin osteologia, from Greek osteon “bone” (from PIE root *ost- “bone”) + -logia (see -logy). Related: Osteologist; osteological.
2. The study of bones. The branch of anatomy or physical anthropology that deals with bones. Bone-ology.
3. (The branch of anatomy that deals) with the study of the structure and function of bones and related structures.
4. Osteology is the scientific study of bones, practiced by osteologists. A subdiscipline of anatomy, anthropology, and paleontology, osteology is a detailed study of the structure of bones, skeletal elements, teeth, microbone morphology, function, disease, pathology, the process of ossification (from cartilaginous molds), the resistance and hardness of bones (biophysics), etc. often used by scientists with identification of vertebrate remains with regard to age, death, sex, growth, and development and can be used in a biocultural context. Osteologists frequently work in the public and private sector as consultants for museums, scientists for research laboratories, scientists for medical investigations and/or for companies producing osteological reproductions in an academic context.
5. Osteology and osteologists should not be confused with the holistic practice of medicine known as osteopathy and its practitioners, osteopaths.

S: 1. OED – https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=osteology (last access: 26 October 2019). 2. MN – https://bit.ly/2JlL50r (last access: 26 October 2019). 3. TERMIUM PLUS – https://bit.ly/2BM9S9S (last access: 26 October 2019). 4 & 5. Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteology (last access: 26 October 2019).

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CR: bone disease, osteogenesis, osteogenesis imperfecta, osteoporosis, person with bone disease.