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Questions tagged [human-anatomy]

This tag is for questions about the general anatomical features of human beings as opposed to the anatomy of non-human animals.

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Where does the gluteus medius attach to the greater trochanter compared to the gluteus minimus attachment?

Where does the gluteus medius attach to the greater trochanter of the femur compared to the gluteus minimus attachment? Is it above, below, next to it, etc.? Ideally I'd like to know the distance as ...
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Pronation of forearm

According to the figure below, the ulna and the radius are rotated together during the pronation of forearm. However, to my knowledge, the proximal radio-ulnar joint at the elbow is a hinge joint. How ...
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Are there any non-surgical ways to increase facial-width-to-height ratio? [closed]

Source. Aside from surgery (including any form of cosmetics even if non-invasive), what can increase this measurement? Drugs? Exercises? Diet? Gene expression? I want to know my options.
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Why different people have different Sympathetic reaction

We all know that sympathetic mechanism is similiar in humans . Why people react differently for example one may ran after seeing a lion while other may keep standing or may shout without escaping ?
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Do the left half and right halves of the diaphragm undergo the same displacement during breathing?

Do the left half and right halves of the diaphragm of a normal person move exactly the same distance between inhaling and exhaling?
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Is the tendon width determined by genetic predisposition, and if so, is genetics the sole factor?

Tendons' widths vary widely across humans. E.g.: {1}: "the mean patellar tendon width was 26.10mm (SD = 3.31; range 18.33mm-33.33mm)" {2}: "Size of the patellar tendon width, measured at the same ...
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How do viable sperm persist for weeks?

Tests on men who have undergone vasectomies show viable sperm in their ejaculate weeks and dozens of ejaculations after ligation of their vas deferens. How is this possible? How long does a ...
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What is the difference between “hamstring tendon” and “common hamstring tendon”?

What is the difference between "hamstring tendon" and "common hamstring tendon"? I have seen both terms being used but I don't know whether they referred to the same tendon. For example, Johnson, ...
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How atom works and it's different from DNA? [closed]

I am studying atoms recently because I am writing a short story and the characters would talk about it for a bit. And I wish it's scientifically accurate. So I read a lot of articles about the atom ...
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What's a “constitutionally small penis”?

I'm reading some urology papers and came across one involving penis growth (Kim & Song, 2008); here's an intro passage that I'm confused about: A total of 58 patients with constitutionally ...
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What soft tissue separates bones of toes?

I need to know a little about the "knuckles" of toes; specifically the 4 areas that separate the 5 proximal/metatarsal joins. I'd like to know the terms for areas that might be damaged if the width ...
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Have there been new discoveries concerning the perception of taste for the last 10 years? [closed]

What are the last discoveries concerning the perception of taste for the last 10 years? We discovered the 5th flavour: umami. Also the 6th and 7th: oleogustus and starchy. Anything else? Maybe in ...
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How is breathing involuntary if the muscles that control it are skeletal?

How is breathing involuntary if the muscles that control it are skeletal? Breathing is involuntary. However, the muscles that control it are skeletal: intercostal muscles and the diaphragm. Are there ...
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Is there any way bicondylar/bigonial, bizygomatic or bitemporal breadth can change in adults?

Without cosmetic surgery or etc., are there any cases/example wherein a human adult has had a change in significance regarding these regions of the face? I have seen many anecdotes where people have ...
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Prostate, seminal vesicles or testis which one is bigger(by volume and size)? [closed]

I can't understand this by looking at these photos, especially the last picture makes me more doubtful. Do you know which of them is the biggest one by volume? Another question is, what is the ...
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Can the heart generate its own rhythm independent to the SAN?

My textbook and a revision guide, which I believe is a reinterpretation of the textbook, state that: The SAN initiates waves of excitation that usually override the myogenic action of the cardiac ...
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What are the brain structures directly on top of the brain stem?

I have been trying to learn the anatomy of the brain, and some information on their functions, through an iPad app called 3D Brain. Whilst going through the different parts, I have noticed that one ...
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What is the name of the wrinkles occurring in people's lips? [closed]

I was wondering if there is a name for the wrinkles occurring in people's lips. Just curious.
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How can we usually “trust a fart” not to be liquid or solid?

Jack Nicholson's character Edward Cole in the movie The Bucket List said ...and never trust a fart, and a search for Al Roker leakage White House will clear up any doubts what that's all about. How ...
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What are the (statistically) normal pH levels in the most-outer part of human sexual organs?

What are the (statistically) normal pH values of the outer skin/epidermis of human sex organs (groin/crotch) in the male and female? e.g male testes, female vulva, male glans, the enveloping epiderm, ...
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Autophagy role in mortality and mental health

These days the "fasting industry", personal trainers and self proclaimed doctors on youtube make strong claims such as fasting lengthening life and improve mental health or prevent alzheimer's disease....
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Would prehistoric humans have been considered negroid or australoid by modern standards? [closed]

What are your thoughts about this? For myself I think that the subject statement is rather obvious isn’t it, since Africans, & especially Australian Aboriginals, have the most archaic features &...
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Is there an adjective I can use to describe body parts like hands, feet, eyes, and ears that exist on both sides of the body's sagittal plane?

Body parts like human hands, feet, ears, eyes, etc. exist on either side of the human body's sagittal plane and can therefore be specified with the adjectives left and right. Is there a special ...
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How are fingerprints formed?

I know what influences the fingerprints to be unique always. But what actually process is taken to make these as we grow?
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Colour of our organs

Upon researching the organs of the body I have found that in every picture that I have seen the organs are of colour for example the kidneys are a light red colour. I understnad that our organs are ...
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Does blood clot reduce blood flow?

I read that blood clot reduces blood flow from few website and from doing an A level biology question; and if this blood clot is formed in pulmonary thrombosis, this can reduce gas exchange in lung. ...
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What is the average human body density?

Looking for values of the average human body density on the Internet, one often finds the values of 0.98 for male, 0.87 for female. Other values are 0.985 for male and female. However, I can find no ...
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Why doesn't peritoneal dialysate leak through the fallopian tubes?

It is my understanding that the female peritoneum does not form a closed (potential) space due to its puncture by the uterine tubes. If that is indeed the case, why is peritoneal dialysis in women not ...
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Is the mesenterium a synonym for the mesocolon?

On biodigital anatomy browser I found a structure called the mesocolon. I didn't find the term in Uberon and I'm unclear whether it's simply a synonym for mesenterium or whether it's a separate ...
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What does 'proper' mean in the anatomical context?

I've seen the word 'proper' in websites, lectures, etc., in the context of human anatomy. But I'm unsure as to what its definition is. For example, the 'oral cavity proper'.
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In what fluid does the sperm swim in the oviduct?

We know that after sexual intercourse, sperm enters the female body and continues to pass through the oviduct by swimming. "Swimming" implies the presence of fluid. I want to know what that fluid is ...
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What is meant with “the chest wall and lungs are coupled together”?

Since the lung and chest are elastic, we can represent them with springs. Under normal conditions, they are coupled together: the “lung” springs are stretched and the “chest” springs are compressed. ...
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Average width of the male body

I've been looking for the average width (at widest point) of the average American male body but couldn't find it anywhere so far. When I say "widest point", I mean that if you draw a rectangle (that ...
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Structure separating the left atrium from the ascending aorta?

With reference to the (adult) anatomy of the human heart: The left atrium (LA) and the proximal part of the ascending aorta (Ao) abut one another, as shown nicely in this image [1]. Is there a name ...
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Why we can't feel the different parts of ear during hearing which is mentioned in all biology books?

We can't feel our outer ear, middle ear and inner ear during hearing something. Why is that such a complex phenomenon is happening all the time but still we don't have any clue regarding that in our ...
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quadrupedalism in human [closed]

Recently I saw a BBC documentary on a family from a remote village in turkey where one couple has 18 children and out of which 5 are walking on four legs. These children are 28-34 yr old & have ...
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Would preserving your Eyes from Light keep them healhty?

I read about why eyesight diminishes with age. I am aware of the fact that there are different causes that can affect the quality of image received by our eyes and that being vague would not lead to a ...
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does being battered build muscle?

My crude understanding of how people normally go about building muscle is something like this following 2 step process: 1) a person can lift weights (for example), which tears muscle and stimulates ...
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Are there any place in human body that safe to implant things and have large amount of blood run through?

Suppose there was a fuel cell in the size of AAA battery that could convert human blood sugar into electricity. Assume it safe and efficient without causing allergic reaction. But to avoid the risk of ...
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Muscle layers of pharynx and gi tract

Why does pharynx have an internal longitudinal muscle layer and external circular muscle layer, while oesophagus and the rest of gastrointestinal tract have inner circular and outer longitudinal ...
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Tensile strength of collagen?

Really specific question, but what is the average tensile strength of human collagen, type I? I've tried looking for it online, and either my google-fu skills are weak, or I'm just unlucky. Also, is ...
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In endochondral bone formation, why does only hyaline cartilage get ossified to form bone?

There are three types of cartilage: hyaline, fibro cartilage and elastic. Fibro cartilage does not have perichondrium...so it does not take part in ossification because perichondrium needs to develop ...
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Why do humans lose subcutaneous fat from the extremities with age?

Why does fat tissue die and shrink on the hands, knees, and lower legs of most people as they age, even when they are overweight? In most people, their bone definition becomes much more visible around ...
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Can a brain dead person recover?

Many times I have heard someone having to pull the plug because the patient was declared brain dead before the body healed fully? Why do they pull the plug without first waiting till the body/brain ...
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Why are there sporadic lightly pigmented hairs in facial hair?

My body and scalp hair are entirely black. Until recently, I thought this was the case with my facial hair also, until I noticed a small handful of hairs that were anywhere from light brown to copper-...
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What is the occipital bun, precisely (in Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens)?

I've read that the occipital bun is an anatomical feature of the Neanderthals, and only because modern humans (except sub-Saharan Africans) carry a few percent of Neanderthal DNA due to ...
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Viral susceptiility of Nose and eyes

I read that opening in our face like nose and eyes are one which get us infected with numerous communicable diseases like cold , flu ebola etc. Both these organs have preventive mechanism like nose ...
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Why is the hippocampus considered to be a cortical structure but not the amygdala?

I'm having some trouble understanding the anatomical differences that classify the hippocampus as a cortical structure but not the amygdala. I have included the screenshot of a diagram from Gray's ...
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Polar renal scarring in pyelonephritis?

Why does infection and scarring occurs at poles in Vesicoureteric reflux but not in Obstructive pyelonephritis? It is said in Robbins that, it is due to polar papillae being flattened or concave ...
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Do breasts size depend solely on fat amounts?

I've read the first answer here on quora and it suggests that (not during pregnancy and breastfeeding) breasts differ in size only due to the amount of fats. However, there can be firm or soft breasts ...