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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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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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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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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 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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Why hand washing causes skin to dry?

This seems counter intuitive: dry hands mean low humidity, so why when humidity is increased, by washing hands, they become even more dry, eventually? In particular, why such hand dryness is usually ...
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Are males taller than females in humans?

Is there any scientific evidence that in humans males are taller than females? And if so, what is the reason that they are taller (please include genes or hormones that accounts for human growth and ...
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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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Does the humeroradial joint move medially/laterally?

The humeroradial joint is a ball-and-socket joint that, if unrestricted, would allow for movement around all possible axes. However (as succinctly stated from Wikipedia): the annular ligament, by ...
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Why do I only breathe out of one nostril?

I was just sitting with my hand next to my nose and I realized that air was only coming out of the right nostril. Why is that? I would think I would use both, it seems much more efficient. Have I ...
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Terminology for parts of the leg

Going out on a limb here (pun intended)...I'm writing a paper in which I need to refer to various sections of the human leg from upper thigh to knee to calf and ankle. However, "calf" covers a fairly ...
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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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Why don't we have hair on palms?

We have hair all over the body except palms. What is the biological reason behind this?
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How large is the variability in human bone thickness, and is “big boned” a real thing or not?

My girlfriend is arguing that there are "big boned" people, I read some articles that there is no such thing but she still didn't believe in me because she saw some articles too that big boned people ...
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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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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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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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Why is the opposite of plantar flexion called “dorsiflexion”?

Why is the action of flexing the foot so that the toes move anteriorly/superiorly (i.e. in the direction opposite that which they move during plantar flexion) described as "dorsiflexion?" In the same ...
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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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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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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 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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Where does the human brain drain to?

When a brain has a aneurysm and the patient survives untreated then where does that blood drain to or how is it absorbed? How is the pain perceived?
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Is it possible to move your arms above your head when handcuffed in the back?

This move was seen in Pitch Black and i wonder if it is possible at all. Say you are handcuffed to a pole, hands in the back, and the pôle is a little higher than your head. You just want to do a ...
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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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Are some facial features more important than others in human facial recognition?

I'm often surprised by the human ability to correctly identify other individuals despite significant modifications due to ageing, hairstyle, injury, etc. But, sometimes the addition of a beard and a ...
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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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What is a lip? (upper lip and lower lip)

Everyone knows what a lip is but I'm asking from a technical and anatomical standpoint. Actually what we call "lip" is "vermilion" in medical terminology. But I want to ask if my understanding is ...
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The alignment of fingers in our hand

I noticed that in my hand the index and middle finger are aligned in one direction and the next two fingers somewhat in the opposite direction. My question is, why are our fingers aligned in that way? ...
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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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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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Can you tell if a corpse was male or female by only examining its skull?

There are articles that says women have more rounded corner faces than men, than women noses are usually shorter, etc. But are those (and other features) tendencies or deterministic features that ...
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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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Are there certain symmetric-pair muscles that are slightly bigger and NOT due to handedness?

Ok, hear me out, I was just thinking about an article in Nature I read in the past titled "Scrotal asymmetry in man and in ancient sculpture"$^{\dagger}$ and more recently an entire medical textbook ...
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Is the resting state of the forearm in the pronated or supinated position?

It seems to me that my forearm is naturally in a more pronated position than the anatomic (supinated) position and that it actually takes work to make it hold the supinated position. Anyone an expert ...
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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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Using anatomical terms for human organs and parts of plants

I know how to apply anatomical directional terms (e.g., dorsal/ventral, anterior/posterior, etc.) for animals as a whole (bipeds and quadrupeds). Recently, I've been studying plant physiology, and I ...
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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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Why do humans have digestive system present at front and kidneys back?

Outlet of digestive system is present at back of the body but its digestive system at front. Outlet of urinary system is present at front of the body but its system present at back. Why do humans ...