3Body Cavities Internal chambers that suspend vital organs. Functions: 1. Protect delicate organs from shock and cushions them.2. Allow internal organs to change size and shape without distorting other organs.
9B. Spinal Cavityextends from the cranial cavity to the end of the vertebral columnprotects the spinal cord.
10II. Ventral Body Cavity The diaphragm divides this cavity into: A. Thoracic Cavity- a superior cavity in the chest.B. Abdominopelvic Cavity- an inferior cavity containing the organs of the abdomen and the pelvis.
11Body CavitiesProvide moist, internal spaces that allow expansion and prevent friction.Viscera: organs that project into the cavities.
12How do the body cavities protect organs? Serous membranes line the walls of the cavities and cover the surface of the organs.Membranes secrete a fluid (serous fluid) that reduces friction within the cavity.
13Naming the Two LayersVisceral- the layer of membrane that covers the organ.Parietal- the layer of membrane that lines the cavity.Both layers secrete a fluid that fills the space between.
14Ventral Body Cavity Surrounds respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, reproductive
30B. Abdominopelvic Cavity Divided into:1. Abdominal Cavity- superior; from diaphragm to lowest vertebra.2. Pelvic Cavity- inferior to the above; pelvic bones form wall and muscles form its floor.
31Abdominal CavityLined by a serous membrane- peritoneum which protects the liver, stomach, spleen, small intestine and most of the large intestine.Kidneys are retroperitoneal- behind the peritoneum.
32Peritoneum Two membranes: 1. Visceral Peritoneum- covers the organs. 2. Parietal Peritoneum- lines the abdominopelvic cavity.3. Peritoneal Cavity- is the fluid-filled space between.
33Pelvic Cavity Inferior portion of the abdominopelvic cavity. Contains the last segments of large intestine, urinary bladder, and reproductive organs.Only the most superior organs in the pelvic cavity are covered in peritoneum (uterus, uterine tubes, ovaries, and bladder.