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The Skeletal System.

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  • Essay length: 1961 words
  • Submitted: 02/04/2004
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AS and A Level Anatomy & Physiology

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The Skeletal System

Skeletal system - The skeletal system is the system of interconnecting bones which form the rigid framework of the human body. The skeletal system not only provides the body with form, but also protects and supports its soft organs and tissues. It also provides attachments for muscles and serves as a system of levers essential for locomotion.

The functions of the human skeleton are:

* To provide shape for the body.

* To provide support for the body.

* To protect delicate organs e.g. brain.

* To provide a large surface area for the attachment of muscles.

* To provide a lever system through which muscles can pull.

* To provide a large surface area of the attachment of muscles.

* To manufacture red blood cells and to store fat, calcium and phosphate.

Here is a labelled diagram of the human skeleton:

The human skeleton is divided into appendicular skeleton and axial skeleton.

Axial Skeleton

Appendicula Skeleton

* Cranium

* Mandible

* Scapula

* Ribs

* Spinal column

* Pelvis

* Carpals

* Radius

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