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Introduction to Human Anatomy

by: Katelyn Farris

Introduction to Human Anatomy BIO 2440

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These notes give an introduction into anatomy. This includes: -the levels of structural organization -characteristics of life -homeostasis -the language of anatomy including directional and reg...
Human Anatomy I
Mr. Griffis
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Biology, anatomy
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Date Created: 09/01/16
Introduction to Anatomy: -Anatomy: the study of the structure of the body Types: Gross, Systemic, Regional Levels of Structural Organization -Atoms -Molecules -Cells—smallest unit of life -Tissues—a group of similar cells that are put together to perform a function -Organs -Organ System -Organism Characteristics of life -Organization and Boundaries -Metabolism -Digestion and excretion -Response to stimuli -Movement -Growth -Reproduction Homeostasis -the ability of the body to keep things at certain levels -“Steady State” -Examples: -Temperature -Fluid levels -Fluid pH -Blood pressure -Blood glucose -Calcium levels -Electrolyte balance -Done by negative biofeedback *this works like a thermostat in that if levels of something are low then production of that will begin and build it up until it is back to normal levels* Language of Anatomy -Directional Terms: -Anatomical Position: standing -Proximal: closer to the point of face forward, feet forward, attachment to the body palms forward -Distal: farther from the point of -Superior: above attachment to the body -Inferior: below -Medial: toward the midline -Anterior (ventral): front -Lateral: toward the side -Posterior (dorsal): back -Superficial: toward the surface -Cephalic: towards the head -Deep: away from the surface -Caudal: towards the tail -Regional Terms: -Cephalic: toward the head -Cervical: toward the neck -Thoracic: chest -Abdominal: Abdomen -Pelvic: between the hips -Pubic: anterior part of the pelvis -Axillary: armpit -Brachial: upper arm -Lumbar: lower back -Gluteal: Rump or Butt -Digital: Fingers and toes -Patellar: front of knee -Popliteal: back of knee -Plantar: bottom of foot Body Planes -Sagittal Plane: cuts the body in half (left and right) -Transverse (cross cut): cuts body in half (top and bottom) -Frontal (coronal): cut in half (front and back) -Longitudinal: to cut a structure down it’s length -Oblique: at an angle Body Cavities (contain the organs) -Dorsal (towards the back) 1. Cranium: brain 2. Vertebral Cavity: spinal cord -Ventral 1. Thoracic cavity: -Mediastinum: medial cavity in thoracic cavity (heart) -Pleural Cavities: the two lateral parts of the thoracic cavity (lungs) 2. Abdomino-pelvic cavity: -Abdominal cavity: larger and superior -Pelvic Cavity: smaller and inferior -The diaphragm separates the thoracic cavity and abdomino-pelvic cavity Serous Membranes -Line the ventral cavities -Made of two layers -Cover the organs in the ventral cavities -Secretes serous fluid into the space between the two layers to lubricate *this allows the organs to move without friction* Membrane Terminology -Parietal membrane: outer membrane -Visceral membrane: membrane that touches the organ -Around the heart: Pericardium -Touching heart: visceral pericardium -Not touching heart: parietal pericardium -Around the lungs: Pleura -lining the cavity: parietal pleura -covering the lungs: visceral pleura -Around the abdomino-pelvic cavity: Peritoneum -lining the cavity: parietal peritoneum -covering the organs: visceral peritoneum Inflammation of the Serous Membranes -Pleurisy -Pericarditis -Peritonitis Abdomino-pelvic Quadrants -Upper-left -Upper-right -Lower-left -Lower-right Mesenteries -Connective tissue only in abdomino-pelvic cavity -Anchor the abdomino-pelvic organs to the body wall and provide a pathway for blood vessels and nerves to reach the organs -Fat tissue is stored here Retroperitoneal Organs -Behind the peritoneum and not covered by them -Kidneys -Adrenal Glands -Pancreas -Parts of: -intestines -urinary bladder


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