An Overview of Anatomy
Laszlo Vass, Ed.D. Version 42-0001-00-01
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This document is not meant to be a substitute for a formal laboratory report. The Lab Report Assistant is simply a summary of the experiment’s questions, diagrams if needed, and data tables that should be addressed in a formal lab report. The intent is to facilitate students’ writing of lab reports by providing this information in an editable file which can be sent to an instructor.
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Exercise 1: Anatomical Position
A. Explain why it is important to have a universally accepted anatomical position when studying the structure of humans. In order to minimize any error or confusion, “directional terminology begins with a certain assumption about the position of the body under consideration.
Exercise 2: Surface Anatomy
A. Review Figure 3. Complete the table by placing each letter from the figure next to its corresponding body landmark.
Figure 1: Anatomical
B. Mr. Shmelgenbelcher has had a rough day. He woke up with a pain in his cervical region. He fell off his bike and bruised his crural region. He pulled a muscle in his inguinal region and was whacked by a revolving door in his scapular region. Describe where each of these areas of the body is located on poor Mr. Shmelgenbelcher.
Crural-front of lower leg
Exercise 3: Body Orientation
A. Use the directional terms to fill in the blanks.
a. The nose is medial
to the ears.
b. The elbow is distal
to the shoulder and proximal
to the wrist. c. The heart is ventral
to the spine. d. The stomach is inferior
to the ribs.
e. The pinky finger is medial
to the thumb. f.
Muscles are superficial
to the skeleton. g. The mouth is medial
to the ears. h. The brain is cephalic
to the spinal cord.
Exercise 4: Body Planes and Sections
In the space below, draw the cut sections of your potato for each of the three body planes:
A. Which of the following organs would not be visible if you cut the body in a mid-sagittal section? Explain below.
a. The brain
b. The stomach
c. The heart
d. The kidneys
The kidneys. The kidneys are too far lateral from a mid-sagittal cut to be seen
Exercise 5: Body Cavities
A. What organs are found in the pelvic cavity?
a. Rectum, urinary bladder, urethra, reproductive organs.
B. If the doctor presses on the right hypochondriac region, what organ is the doctor likely pressing on? a. Either the liver or the gallbladder
C. Describe what is found in the dorsal body cavity.
a. Cranial cavity, vertebral canal, meninges
D. What two body cavities may be invaded by a brain tumor?
a. Cranial and Dorsal
Exercise 6: Organ Systems
A. Complete the following table by filling in the missing system name, major organs, or functions.
Nasal passages, pharynx, larynx, trachea, lungs
Absorption of ocygen,...
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