Term used affectionately by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) when addressing his starship’s senior surgeon, Doctor Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) on the sci-fi series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69.
The nickname was short for “sawbones,” a traditional title for a doctor who up to the 19th century was noted for “sawing” off limbs.
Note: BONES was also the name of a TV drama on the Fox network that ran from 2005-2017. It starred Emily Deschanel as Temperance “Bones” Brennan, a headstrong forensic anthropologist at the Jeffersonian Institute Medico-Legal Lab in Washington, DC who collaborates with the FBI during criminal investigations.
Brennan’s nickname is “Bones” (which she hates) because she is an expert with skeletal remains. See also – “Squints”