Skeletal System

Description of major structures

The skeletal system includes the bones of the skeleton and the cartilages, ligaments, and other connective tissue that stabilize or connect the bones. In addition to supporting the weight of the body, bones work together with muscles to maintain body position and to produce controlled, precise movements. Without the skeleton to pull against, contracting muscle fibers could not make us sit, stand, walk, or run.

Major and Minor Functions Major Conponents

Major Functions-
  • Mechanical. Support. Bones provide a framework for the attachment of muscles and other tissues. ...
  • Protective. Bones such as the skull and rib cage protect vital organs from injury. Bones also protect the marrow.
  • Metabolic. Mineral storage.
  • Minor Functions- To store and produce. Stores minerals and fat cells
  • Major Components
  • the pectoral girdle (the scapula)
  • the upper limbs (humerus, radius, ulna, carpals, metacarpals, and phalanges)
  • the pelvic girdle.
  • the lower limbs (femur, patella, tibia, fibula, tarsals, metatarsals, phalanges)
  • Homeostasis State

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    Diseases And Disorders