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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Why metacarpus is considered hand proper?

This textbook states The hand (or manus) consists of the following parts: (a) wrist or carpus, (b) hand proper (or metacarpus), and (c) digits (thumb and fingers). How could I justify why are ...
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How can skeletal muscles in the human body be modeled as levers? [closed]

From what I understand, human arms can be thought of as third class levers, so that the distance from your elbow to the place where the muscle attaches is effectively the distance to the fulcrum, so ...
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Dorsal vs Posterior and Ventral vs Anterior

From prior reading, I thought that Dorsal is the same as Posterior and Ventral is the same as Anterior. However, when I checked in google images for these anatomical terms for a horse (just to ...
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If a fully functional lab grown pancreas can exist, can it be used as a cure for type 2 diabetes?

Is it approximately equivalent to say that if a fully functional lab grown pancreas exists, then a way to cure Type 2 diabetes could soon exist? Recently I've already checked out that only the ...
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What is the purpose of the incus?

The three bones in the middle ear -- the malleus, the incus, and the stapes-- play a role in transmitting sound waves to the inner ear (the cochlea). I understand that the malleus is the bone closest ...
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Can the human chin have developed to protect against combat strangles?

Has the mechanical explanation of headlock defense ever been discussed by scientists to explain the chin(protuberantia mentalis)? A mechanical advantage that prevents death and being beaten up by ...
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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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Common site for atherosclerosis

My book( textbook of anatomy abdomen and lower limb 2nd edition - by vishram Singh pg.no:286) says: Acute arterial occlusion: It is mostly caused by embolism or thrombosis. It usually occurs in the ...
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What are some characteristics of venules and arterioles?

I know that the vascular system of the human body is organized in the two, "ever branching", structures of the veins and the arteries. These two structures stem from their connections to the heart and ...
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Is it possible to completely puncture a human hand and have no blood come out?

Illusionist David Blaine sometimes performs a trick where he takes a very long and thin ice pick, insterts it in his hand, and comes out the other side (the palm). However, there is no blood present. ...
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What's inside the males body in the space where females have the ovaries and the uterus?

The male penis and scrotum are external extremities, whereas the female sex organs are placed "inside" the body. So as females have the bladder, rectum, other stuff just like males. Does this mean ...
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Why do we have the tibia and fibula (a 2nd bone) in the lower leg?

Does fibula participate in rotational movement of ankle or not (just like the radius in forearm)? If not, what is the purpose of that bone?
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Left Ventricle vs. Right Ventricle size in different Animals [closed]

Why are the right ventricles in chicken hearts significantly smaller than the left ventricles, whereas in cows the two ventricles are of roughly equal size.
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Surgical vs anatomical neck

What is the significance of differentiating anatomical neck and surgical neck of a bone? What could be criterias for differentiation? I found an article here that says fractures to surgical neck ...
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On Deformation of the body due to dipole orientation in the cells [closed]

Our bodies are made up of billions of atoms and molecules, and each cell has many molecules with dipoles that are initially random and orient themselves in one specific direction when an electric ...
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Why does the term “epicondyle” often refer to either of the two at the elbow end of the humerus?

Why does the term "epicondyle" often refer to either of the two at the elbow end of the humerus? Example: I understand that epicondyle means near a condyle, but there are several condyles in the ...
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Could a man be proved positive for a pregnancy test?

From the question: Could a man be proved positive for a pregnancy test?. I don't mean if a man could be pregnant but if he runs a pregnancy test, it is possible for it to come out positive?
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What is the rest state for eyelids - Open or Closed?

If one were to not apply any efforts on the eyelid muscles, will they remain open or closed? In movies when we see a person die, either case could happen - their eyelids could be open or closed when ...
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What is the distance between the insertion of the distal end of the bicep tendon and the head of the radius?

I was unable to find a source that could provide a measurement for the distance between the insertion of the distal end of the bicep tendon and the head of the radius. Does anyone know a source that ...
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8 abdominal muscles but 10 pack

Simple question, how is it possible that there are people who appear to have 10 pack abdominal muscles while the human body has only eight?
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confusion regarding degrees of flexion and a goniometer

I have read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatomical_terms_of_motion#Flexion_and_extension "Flexion ... decreases the angle...Extension is the opposite of flexion, describing a straightening ...
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Are the human placenta chorionic villi and villous tree the synonyms?

Are the human placental chorionic villi and the villous tree the synonyms? Or, if not, can I say that these tissues would have practically the same gene expression profile in an RNA microarray ...
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Does the anterior primary ramus of T6 innvervate the Rectus abdominis?

Anatomy and Human Movement Structure and Function writes in the section about Rectus abdominis: Nerve supply By the anterior primary rami of the lower six or seven thoracic nerves (T6/7 to T12)....
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What makes humans omnivores, and not herbivores?

Some vegans claim that humans are herbivores, not omnivores, and that we are not physiologically designed to eat meat (see here: http://www.peta.org/living/food/natural-human-diet/). "According to ...
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How deep does a 0.5mm radius drill need to drill before it start to hurt the brain assuming the drill bit will be pull off without wiggle?

How deep does a 0.5mm radius drill into the brain need to drill before it start to hurt the brain permanently assuming the drill bit will be pull off without wiggle? I am assessing how fragile of a ...
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How correlated are the lengths of tendons in different part of a human body?

How correlated are the lengths of tendons in different part of a human body? E.g., if the we consider two humans, A, and B. Human A has a patellar tendon of length 2 cm, and human B has a patellar ...
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Anatomical Angle Made by the Fingers of an Extended Palm

Does the angle made by the fingers (excluding the thumb) of an extended palm (as shown in the figure below) have a name (such as the Lovibond or Cobb angle, for instance) ? I have already checked ...
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How does air pass through when we breathe through the mouth?

When you sleep with your mouth open, does air pass through the nasal cavities? If not, how will you describe the air that enters the mouth?
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What technique biologists use in order to determine the function of organs? [closed]

How the biologists were able to determine the functions of body organs? Using a specific example organ for an answer would be ideal.
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How far does your center of mass move from stance to stance?

When the human body is perfectly centered, the center of mass is on the centerline around the belly button. However, the human body is not always in this rigid posture. We have many postures that we ...
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Amount of blunt force to kill a person [closed]

In short, if I were to whack someone over the head, what factors play a role in whether the victim survives? Force? Pressure? Location? Something else?
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How did the cardiovascular system evolve?

How has evolution created our blood, lungs and the heart? We can't exist without blood, which transports the oxygen to all areas of our body. However, the blood needs a lung, which gives it the ...
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How are some people able to continue growing after reaching maturity?

This is technically a cross-post of a question posted last year concerning gigantism and how certain people are able to grow far past expectations after it's assumed they've reached maturity. How are ...
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Accommodation mechanism. [closed]

Can anyone explain how contraction of the ciliary muscles causes relaxation of the zonules? Please explain it anatomically i.e. the attachments of ciliary muscles and its relation with the ...
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Do male humans have a mons pubis?

Wikipedia writes: In human anatomy, and in mammals in general, the mons pubis (also known simply as the mons, and known specifically in females as the mons Venus or mons veneris), is a rounded mass ...
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Do any non-human species have packed abs?

The classic "six-pack abs" in humans is due to tendons stretched across the abdominal muscles and low body fat. Do any other animals have a similar arrangement of tendons that could result in visible "...
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Would a transparent iris serve its purpose?

The function of the iris is to regulate the aperture of the pupil. How does the iris obstruct light? Is it due to the pigment present in it? Or is it just due to the sheer presence of it? I am doing ...
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Why are the human knees and elbows bent in an opposite direction

I can assume that the hands used to be the same as legs. And they got weaken, and changed direction when human started to walk on two? Also why do the hand palms facing the body and not facing down ...
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Is it necessary to remove a bullet from the body? [closed]

So here is the proof: William Lawis Pace lived with bullet in his head for many years & even hit 100. However, both in real life and movies, we often see doctors struggling to remove bullets ...
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Can defibrillation be done with a car battery?

Can successful defibrillation be done with a car battery? Is it POSSIBLE for this to work? Let's say you are stuck on a very remote place and something happens to someone... Moreover, can you jump ...
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What actually happens to the human body during fasting/starvation? [closed]

I recently came across a UN study which advocated that controlled fasting can be beneficial for the the human body and I am fascinated by stories of wilderness survival against the odds. It piqued ...
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Where does female ejaculate actually originate from?

It's common knowledge that it's released via the urethra, but where does it originate? If it doesn't come from a part of the clitoris, then why is the clitoral glans called the clitoral glans? How ...
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Is curling the fingers considered digit flexion?

Is curling the fingers considered finger flexion and straightening the fingers considered finger extension? I feel like this is correct in everyday language, but I am not sure if it is correct in ...
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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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Headshot = instant kill? [closed]

While whatching a film, I've been thinking about how does a headshot kill someone, and how long does it take? For example let's say you've beeing shot by a normal (police) handfired weapon - no ...
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Is the knee locking mechanism present in animals?

We study in human anatomy that when the knee is in full extension, the femur slightly medially rotates on the tibia to lock the knee joint in place. This reduces the work required to be done by the ...
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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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Are Young Girls Stronger than Young Boys?

According to "common wisdom" the average man has, as a proportion of his body weight, 50% more muscle mass than the average woman. This is in addition to how the average man is several inches taller ...
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Is the amount of blood same in the pulmonary and systemic foetal circulation?

We learn that the stroke volume is the same for the right and left side of the heart. So the amount of blood in either circulations should also be the same. (is it? I myself doubt this statement. As ...
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Cross section through the right arm question

Is the largest drawn vein on first attached pictue v. brachialis or did they make a mistake and it's actually v. basilica? Picture 1: Cross section through the right arm (source: Thieme, General ...