Basic Anatomy Terms & Systems

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The Anatomy of the Tongue and the Salivary Glands

The tongue helps you speak, taste food and move it around in your mouth, and yes, even show your obnoxious side. Salivary glands produce saliva, a clear fluid that keeps mucous membranes moist, lubricates [more…]

The Posterior Triangle of the Neck

Knowledge of the neck anatomy is necessary to examine the musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, lymphatic, and cardiovascular systems. After all, the neck is much more than a pedestal [more…]

The Anterior Triangle of the Neck

To examine the musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, lymphatic, and cardiovascular systems, you need knowledge of neck anatomy. The anterior triangle of the neck, or the front of [more…]

The Anatomy of the Axilla

The axilla, or underarm (or, less delicately put, the armpit) is that indentation formed under the area where your arm attaches to your shoulder. Blood, lymph vessels, and nerves going to and from the [more…]

The Surface Anatomy of the Wrist and Hand

Understanding the clinical anatomy of the wrists and hands is important because you need them for normal daily activity and hand injuries can be debilitating. The wrists and hands are amazing things. You [more…]

Surface Anatomy of the Knee and Foot

Foot and leg problems send a lot of people to medical professionals. Although a surface examination doesn’t tell the whole story, understanding the anatomy of the leg and foot will help you assess problems [more…]

Ten Helpful Mnemonics for Clinical Anatomy Terms

Learning (and memorizing) the names and locations of anatomical structures isn’t easy, so clinical anatomy students often develop mnemonics, or memory tricks, to make it a little easier. These mnemonics [more…]

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