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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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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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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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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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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Are there wounds which never completely heal?

I have a cut on a knuckle which occasionally opens (usually during winter), to disappear after some time (it is usually fine during the summer). This is going on for years now and yes, I will show ...
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Strongest bone in body

AS internet tells is it is thigh bone which is strongest, but why, it carry only upper part of body, does not heel or any foot bones should be strongest in body as they carry full body weight ?
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Muscle involved in carrying load on head

I have seen people carrying heavy load on their head especially in 3rd world countries, does carrying on head any benefit or harm, which muscle get strengthen in doing it?
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Special visceral efferent

Why are special visceral efferent nerves are named as such? They are supplying motor impulses to muscles of pharyngeal arch, which are both skeletal(facial) and visceral(laryngeal) 1, so why only ...
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What are the absolute facial features which features sexual dimorphism in humans?

Apart from beard and moustache, is there any facial feature that would help to distinguish between men and women? It is said that men have square, rectangular or oblong face and women have oval,...
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Do all body organs grow in proportion during the period of physical development?

It is obvious that during childhood and puberty, the human body grows uniformly or proportionally so that a child's arm length, for example, is shorter than an adult's arm length but is proportional ...
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Does the vagus nerve supply the human thoracic diaphragm?

The vagus nerve (CN X) passes through the oesophageal hiatus of the diaphragm at the vertebral level T10. But does the vagus nerve actually offer any nerve supply to the diaphragm?
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Significance of lip end curve

What is significance of curve at point where lips meet, how it is determined and what effects it has on attraction and other factors? For some people it is a downward curve, for others it's an upward ...
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How nasal hairs filter particles of micron size?

This book says: The larger particles (> 10 μm diameter) are filtered by hair in the nostrils If we see the anatomy of nasal hairs and its density in the nostrils then it seems that its impossible ...
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What is the lifespan of a human skeletal muscle cell (such as in the biceps)?

I have read that most human skeletal muscles (such as those in the biceps) cannot multiply after development (except for exceptional situations of severe damage that involve satellite cells) and that ...
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What makes delayed onset muscle soreness stop occurring?

If someone lifts weights or takes a long jog after not doing it for a while, they can experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). However, when they return to the same exercise days afterwards, ...
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Thyroid transplanted to the abdomen

This question was posed in our endocrinology class, however I have no idea how to answer it: The thyroid gland of a 5-year old boy is transplanted from its normal position in the neck to the ...
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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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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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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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is there a difference in meaning between the terms “bone architecture” and “bone structure”?

I'm wondering whether "bone architecture" and "bone structure" mean the same thing, or whether they refer to two different concepts. In this article - http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/...
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Which of these methods is both effective and reliable in elongate muscle and tendon for use in humans: growth factors or stem cell technology

Which method is it the most effective, but also the most reliable for elongating muscle and tendons for clinical trial; using modern growth factor technology or using modern stem cell technology? ...
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Does ale give less of a hangover than a lager?

I got into an argument surrounding beer type and hangover. Apparently there is a opinion that ales give you less hangover than lagers do (considering same alcohol content consumed). My understanding ...
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How were the synaptic areas identified in the somatic sensation pathways?

I'm studying the somatic sensation pathways in neuro-anatomy and I was wondering what was the experimental procedure for identifying the number and location of the synapses in these pathways? ...
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Can human change its morphology or anatomy due to ecological changes?

According to Charles Darwin, as the surrounding environment changes, so changes the anatomy or morphology of a specific organism. But nowadays, humans have become very advanced in the technology and ...
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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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What's the function of vitelline circulation in human embryo?

Why do we need a vitelline circulation if we already develop a placenta to gather all the nutrients we need? Is it an evolutionary remain?
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pH on skin penetration of salicylic acid

I have found that at lower pH, there is more free salicylic acid (due to pKa of roughly 3), which is neutral/uncharged and then can penetrate the skin's oils which are non-polar. At higher pH, more ...
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Biological & Evolutionary Reasons for Palm (Bi)Symmetry

The fingers of the human palm exhibit a (bi)symmetrical pattern with regards to their size, in the sense that the thumb and the pinky are almost the same size, and the same holds for the index and ...
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Does any tendon in humans receive a high amount of blood supply? Or is the property of not receiving a large blood supply a constant across tendons?

I read on https://www.physiocomestoyou.co.uk/blog/all-you-need-to-know-about-tendons/ (mirror): [Tendons] do not have a large blood supply. Does any tendon in the human body receive a high amount ...
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What are the coverings of femoral hernia?

It was my Viva question and I was really puzzled.I know what is femoral hernia and it route like the abdominal content moves down the femoral canal and further through the saphenous opening and all ...
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Human femur maximum strength

In this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os98s9kBlOI it is demonstrated that a moose leg bone can support until nearly 10 tonne before break. Is there any similar demonstration on human femurs? ...
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Is medullary cavity totally absent in clavicle?

In one of my books it said that medullary cavity is totally absent in clavicle but is it completely true ? One of my teachers said only the medial 2/3 of clavicle has a medullary cavity.
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Where would I point to if I wanted to indicate the location of the anterior insular cortex?

I understand research suggests the anterior insular cortex is where human empathy originates. The images I found researching the location of the AIC do not give me a clear sense of where it is in ...
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Are your finger muscles and tendons interconnected?

Are finger muscles and tendons interconnected? If they are interconnected, then if i exercise one finger will it train the other fingers since they are interconnected and share the same muscles in the ...
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For how long can the heart be in asystole and then restart itself?

The medication Adenosine is used for the treatment of some abnormal heart rhythms. However, according to Wikipedia, it can cause asystole for a few seconds: Because of the effects of adenosine on ...
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What is the significance of different types of papillae present on tongue?

Fungiform, Circumvallate, Filiform, Foliate Papillae are present on the surface of the tongue. They have a role in increasing surface area for taste buds that can be accommodated on the tongue. Each ...
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Is occipital ridge a synonym for the inferior nuchal line?

I'm reading different sources about anatomy and it seems to me like occipital ridge is a synonym for the inferior nuchal line but I'm not sure. Is it, or does the term occipital ridge refer to a ...
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How does shoulder rotation work when the arm is overhead?

Anatomy references state that the humerus is externally rotated by infraspinatus, and teres minor, and internally rotated by subscapularis. All the illustrations I can find of these muscles have the ...
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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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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 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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Is the shape of the skull important for brain size?

I do not know biology, but I notice that human skull have a particular form that is like a upward spike and other skulls which are only oval. upward spike: oval: I know that in the example images ...
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Mental Symphysis

Why dow we consider mandibular symphysis(symphysis menti) as type of Amphiarthrosis that too of symphysis variety, eventhough it lacks movement and cartilage at joint? Why don't we consider as ...
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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 much force can connective tissue withstand?

I have been studying a 3D anatomy model. Based on visual observation, it doesn't look like the bones would be able to stabilize themselves at all without the connective tissue like ligaments. In the ...
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Root etiology of non-pituitary low T4 and low TSH

Please note: I'd like to preface this question by stating that this is neither homework nor me seeking medical advice. I am simply trying to understand the biological, physiological root etiology ...
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Does a pregnant female body treat the fetus based on gender?

I have seen on a youtube video that the female body produces antigenes and antibodies when she is pregnant with a boy. But this behaviour is not produced when she is pregnant with a girl. These means ...
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Is the backward positioning of photoreceptors bad design?

(Several questions have been asked about this topic but most are quite old and there has been at least one study since then that has attempted to answer this in a new way) Since photoreceptors are ...
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How many different states can the femur and lower limb be in?

Often the knee can be thought of as a hinge joint. However, when it flexes, the knee permits the lower leg to rotate. So it is not a pure hinge joint in absolute sense because it permits more range of ...