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Anatomy, a subset of biology (bios = life), is the study of the structure of animals and their parts. The word “anatomy” consists of the Greek stem –ana, which means ‘up,’ and temnein (in the form tom), which means ‘to cut.’ As such, the word “anatomy” literally means to cut up.

Human anatomy and the study of the functions of the human body is one of the essential sciences in the study of medicine. The study of anatomy can be divided into macroscopic and microscopic anatomy.

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Macroscopic Anatomy
Macroscopic anatomy, or gross anatomy, is the study of the examination of body parts using unaided eyesight.

Microscopic Anatomy
Microscopic anatomy, or histology, is the study of the examination of body parts using optical instruments. Using an instrument, an observer studies the tissues of various structures. The word “histology” is made up of the Greek stem “-histos,” meaning tissue.

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The study of anatomy is crucial to understanding the human body. Kinesthetic learners benefit from the active study of anatomy and learning about internal structures through dissection. However, anatomy also requires extensive memorization and understanding of concepts.

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Basic Anatomy Concepts:

4 Basic Types of Cell Tissues

  1. Nervous Tissue: allows for communication and controls body functions
  2. Muscle Tissue: provides movement
  3. Epithelial Tissue: lines body cavities and covers body surfaces
  4. Connective Tissue: protects and supports body organs

Organ Systems

One of the first things you might learn in your anatomy course are the 11 organ systems. Organ systems are structures that work together to perform a task. The 11 organ systems are:

  1. Integumentary System: the external covering of the body– the skin
  2. Skeletal System: the body’s internal framework– the bones
  3. Muscular System: the body’s means of movement– the muscles
  4. Nervous System: the body’s control center– the brain, spinal cord, and nerves
  5. Endocrine System: glands that secrete hormones–pituitary gland, adrenal gland, thyroid gland, ovaries, testes, etc.
  6. Cardiovascular System: the body’s transport system– the heart, blood and blood vessels
  7. Lymphatic/Immune System: returns fluids to the blood stream
  8. Respiratory System: Removes CO2 from the blood and delivers O2. – breathing
  9. Digestive System: breaks down food, absorbs food, transports food, and eliminates indigestible remains
  10. Urinary System: eliminates nitrogenous waste from blood
  11. Reproductive System
    1. Male Reproductive System: Produces sperm and testosterone
    2. Female Reproductive System: Produces oocytes, estrogen and progesterone

Breakdown of the Cardiovascular System

cardiovascular system

Other Anatomy Facts

  • The human skeleton is made up of 206 named bones
  • Bone exterior is compact, and bone interior is spongy
  • There are four basic types of bone: short bones, long bones, irregular bones, flat bones
  • The Nervous System has three basic functions:
    • sensory input: using receptors to monitor internal and external environments
    • integration: processes sensory information and determines the action
    • motor output: a response by an effector to a change in an internal or external environment
  • The human tongue is covered with papillae: small projections bearing taste buds that aid in gripping food
  • Joint Classification:
Functional Class Structural Class Joint Description Type Example
synarthrosis (immovable) fibrous suture interlocking seams between cranial bones
synarthrosis (immovable) fibrous gomphosis peg-and-socket joint between teeth
synarthrosis (immovable) cartilaginous synchrondrosis between diaphysis and epiphysis in long bones hyaline cartilage joint
amphiarthrosis fibrous syndesmosis ligament or distal interosseous membrane joint of tibia and fibula
diarthrosis (freely moveable) synovial gliding two sliding surfaces between carpals
diarthrosis (freely moveable) synovial hinge concave surface with convex surface between humerus and ulna
diarthrosis (freely moveable) synovial pivot rounded end fits into ring of bone and ligament between altas C1 and axis, C2 and vertebrae
diarthrosis (freely moveable) synovial condyloid oval condyle with oval cavity between metacarpals and phalanges
diarthrosis (freely moveable) synovial saddle each surface is both concave and convex between carpus and the first metacarpal
diarthrosis (freely moveable) synovial ball-and-socket ball-shaped head with cup-shaped socket between femur and pelvis
  • Somatic Senses detect the following stimuli:
    • Tactile stimuli
    • Corpuscles of touch
    • Merkel discs
    • Root hair plexuses
    • Pain stimuli
    • Thermal stimuli
    • Pacinian corpuscules
    • Proprioceptive stimuli
    • Golgi tendon organs
    • Joint kinesthetic receptors
    • Muscle spindles

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