n. [Gr. autos, self; skeleton, dried body]
The endoskeleton, comprised of spicules or spongin fibers secreted by the cells.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • autoskeleton — au·to·skeleton …   English syllables

  • autoskeleton —   n. internal skeleton …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • autoskeleton — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷+ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: aut + skeleton : an internal skeleton; specifically : the endoskeleton of sponges consisting of spicules or spongin fibers secreted by the cells opposed to pseudoskeleton …   Useful english dictionary

  • pseudoskeleton — “+ noun Etymology: pseud + skeleton : a sponge skeleton consisting of foreign bodies not secreted by the animal opposed to autoskeleton …   Useful english dictionary

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