Anatomy: skeletal system

Anatomy: skeletal system

Bones are classified according to their shape, and are categorised as either long, short, flat or irregular.

  • Long– longer than they are wide eg femur
  • Short– the same length as width eg patella or carpal bones
  • Flat– flattened width bones eg ribs or skull
  • Irregular– bones that don’t fit into any other category and connect other bones together eg pelvis
  • Sesamoid are a type of irregular bone that fit around or between tendons eg pisiform bone in the wrist carpals
otter skeleton.jpg
Not a human skeleton.

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