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1 The Human Body: Anatomical Regions, Directions, and Body Cavities Credit: Carlos J Bidot Author 2006 Revised 2010

2 Anatomical Position Body erect Feet slightly apart Palms facing forward Thumbs point away from body Figure 1.7a

3 Directional Terms Superior and inferiorSuperior and inferior – toward and away from the head, respectively Anterior and posteriorAnterior and posterior – toward the front and back of the body Medial, lateral, and (intermediate)Medial, lateral, and (intermediate) – toward the midline, away from the midline, and (between a more medial and lateral structure)

4 Directional Terms Proximal and distalProximal and distal – closer to and farther from the origin of the body Superficial and deepSuperficial and deep – toward and away from the body surface

5 Directional Terms Table 1.1

6 Directional Terms Table 1.1

7 Regional Terms: Anterior View AxialAxial – head, neck, and trunk AppendicularAppendicular – appendages or limbs Specific regional terminologySpecific regional terminology Figure 1.7a

8 Regional Terms: Posterior View Figure 1.7b

9 Body Planes SagittalSagittal – divides the body into right and left parts Midsagittal or medialMidsagittal or medial – sagittal plane that lies on the midline Frontal or coronalFrontal or coronal – divides the body into anterior and posterior parts (front and back) Transverse or horizontalTransverse or horizontal (cross section) – divides the body into superior and inferior parts Oblique sectionOblique section – cuts made diagonally

10 Body Planes pg. 22 in book pg.13 in lab manual Figure 1.8

11 Anatomical Variability Humans vary slightly in both external and internal anatomyHumans vary slightly in both external and internal anatomy Over 90% of all anatomical structures match textbook descriptions, but: –Nerves or blood vessels may be somewhat out of place –Small muscles may be missing Extreme anatomical variations are seldom seen

12 Body Cavities Figure 1.9a

13 Body Cavities Posterior (Dorsal) cavityPosterior (Dorsal) cavity protects the nervous system, and is divided into two subdivisions –Cranial cavity is within the skull and encases the brain –Vertebral cavity runs within the vertebral column and encases the spinal cord Anterior (Ventral) cavityAnterior (Ventral) cavity houses the internal organs (viscera), and is divided into two subdivisions: - Thoracic and Abdominopelvic cavities

14 Body Cavities Figure 1.9b

15 Sub Cavities for the Ventral Cavities 1. Thoracic cavity 1. Thoracic cavity is subdivided into pleural cavities, the mediastinum, and the pericardial cavity –Pleural cavities – each houses a lung –Mediastinum – contains the pericardial cavity, and surrounds the remaining thoracic organs –Pericardial cavity – encloses the heart

16 2. Abdominopelvic - The abdominopelvic cavity is separated from the superior thoracic cavity by the dome-shaped diaphragm It is composed of two subdivisions –Abdominal cavity – contains the stomach, intestines, spleen, liver, and other organs –Pelvic cavity – lies within the pelvis and contains the bladder, reproductive organs, and rectum

17 Ventral Body Cavity Membranes Parietal serosaParietal serosa lines internal body walls Visceral serosaVisceral serosa covers the internal organs Serous fluid separates the serosae (A serous membrane, especially one that lines the pericardial, pleural, and peritoneal cavities, enclosing their contents)

18 Ventral Body Cavity Membranes Figure 1.10a

19 Ventral Body Cavity Membranes Figure 1.10b

20 Other Body Cavities Oral and digestiveOral and digestive – mouth and cavities of the digestive organs NasalNasal –located within and posterior to the nose OrbitalOrbital – house the eyes Middle earMiddle ear – contain bones (ossicles) that transmit sound vibrations SynovialSynovial – joint cavities

21 Abdominopelvic Regions Umbilical Epigastric Hypogastric Right and left iliac or inguinal Right and left lumbar Right and left hypochondriac Figure 1.11a

22 Organs of the Abdominopelvic Regions Figure 1.11b

23 Abdominopelvic Quadrants Right upper (RUQ) Left upper (LUQ) Right lower (RLQ) Left lower (LLQ) Figure 1.12


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