Human A&P Vocab for the NLN Exam

RED MARROWsupport and movement: the musculoskeletal system
RED MARROW

support and movement: the musculoskeletal system

bone marrow found at the end of the long bones, also manufactures red and white blood cells

OSTEOCYTESsupport and movement: the musculoskeletal system
OSTEOCYTES

support and movement: the musculoskeletal system

They are bone cells that produce a hard, calcium rich extracellular matrix, and are embedded in a matrix of collagen and minerals and form the skeleton of an organism

SKELETONsupport and movement: the musculoskeletal system
SKELETON

support and movement: the musculoskeletal system

the hard structure (bones and cartilages) that provides a framework for the body, as well as attachment sites for muscle. Over 200 bones.

AXIAL SKELETON
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
AXIAL SKELETON
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
pertaining to the central part of the body, the head and trunk

APPENDICULAR SYSTEMsupport and movement: the musculoskeletal system
APPENDICULAR SYSTEM

support and movement: the musculoskeletal system

composed of 126 bones in the human body. The word appendicular is the adjective of the noun appendage, which itself means a part that is joined to something larger. Functionally it is involved in locomotion (Lower limbs) of the axial skeleton and manipulation of objects in the environment (Upper limbs).

JOINTS

support and movement: the musculoskeletal system

is the location at which two or more bones make contact. They are constructed to allow movement and provide mechanical support, and are classified structurally and functionally.

ligaments
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
fibrous tissue that connects bone to bone, to provide stability to joints

tendon
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the strong connective tissue cords that attach skeletal muscles to bones

cartilage
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
strong connective tissue that supports the body and is softer and more flexible than bone

osteoarthritis
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
Inflammation of the bone and joint

rheumatoid arthritis
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
A chronic systemic disease characterized by inflammation of the joints, stiffness, pain, and swelling that results in crippling deformities

osteoporosis
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
a condition in which the body’s bones become weak and break easily

cardiac muscle
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
muscle tissue found only in the heart

smooth muscle
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
involuntary muscle found in internal organs, muscle that forms the walls of the intestine, stomach, blood vessels, and other internal organs. has individual nucleus cells and no strations

skeletal muscle
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
Vouluntary, striated muscle that moves bones, works in pairs and is attatched to bones by tendons

flexor
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
a muscle that bends a part of the body, such as an arm or a leg

extensor
support and movement: the musculoskeletal system
A muscle that causes extension.

kidney
organ that removes urea, excess water, and other waste products from the blood and passes them to the ureter

nephron
blood-filtering unit in the renal cortex of the kidney

glomerulus
little ball-shaped cluster of capillaries located at the top of each nephron

bowman’s capsule
cup-shaped strucutre of the nephron of a kidney which encloses the glomerulus and which filtration takes place.

proximal convoluted tubule
first section of the renal tubule that the blood flows through; reabsorption of water, ions, and all organic nutrients

loop of Henle
section of the nephron tubule that conserves water and minimizes the volume of urine

distal convoluted tubule
The portion of the nephron between the loop of Henle and the collecting duct system.

urine
a fluid produced by the kidneys that contains water, urea and other waste materials

ureter
either of a pair of thick-walled tubes that carry urine from the kidney to the urinary bladder

urinary bladder
a membranous sac for temporary retention of urine

urethra
duct through which urine is discharged in most mammals and which serves as the male genital duct

sweat glands
glands of the skin that secrete small amounts of water to the skins surface

liver
Large organ just above the stomach that produces bile

gamete
sex cell, a haploid reproductive cell that unites with another haploid reproductive cell to form a zygote

sperm
the male reproductive cell

egg
animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes

testosterone
a potent androgenic male sex hormone produced chiefly by the testes

van deferens
During ejaculation carries the sperm from the testes to the urethra.

ovaries
In animals, the female gonad, which produces egg cells.

oocyte
Immature egg cell

ovum
the female reproductive cell, female sex cell

zygote
the fertilized egg; it enters a 2-week period of rapid cell division and develops into an embryo

monoploid
of a cell or organism having a single set of chromosomes

diploid
a cell that contains both sets of homologous chromosomes

ovulation
process in which an egg is released from the ovary

fallopian tubes
tubes which carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus and which provides the place where fertilization occurs

uterus
organ of the female reproductive system in which a fertilized egg can develop

endometrium
the mucous membrane that lines the inner wall of the uterus

menstruation
the shedding of the uterine lining

penis
the male organ that transfers sperm to a female and that carries urine out of the body.

scrotum
external sac that contains the testes

testes
organ that produces sperm

placenta
a membrane that becomes the link between the developing embryo or fetus and the mother

fetus
the developing human organism from 9 weeks after conception to birth

umbilical cord
membranous duct connecting the fetus with the placenta

cornea
the clear tissue that covers the front of the eye

iris
muscular diaphragm that controls the size of the pupil

pupil
the adjustable opening in the center of the eye through which light enters

retina
the light-sensitive inner surface of the eye, containing the receptor rods and cones plus layers of neurons that begin the processing of visual information

rod cells
work best in dim light and enable you to see black, white, and shades of gray

cone cells
work best in bright light and enable you to see colors

optic nerve
the nerve that carries neural impulses from the eye to the brain

outer ear
the part of the ear visible externally

tympanic membrane
the membrane in the ear that vibrates to sound

middle ear
the chamber between the eardrum and cochlea containing three tiny bones (hammer, anvil, and stirrup) that concentrate the vibrations of the eardrum on the cochlea’s oval window

malleus
the ossicle attached to the eardrum, The first bone in the series of bones or ossicles of the middle ear. It is also called the hammer.

incus
the ossicle between the malleus and the stapes, one of the three bones of the middle ear shaped like anvil

stapes
The final bone in the series of small bones or ossicles of the middle ear. It is also called the stirrup.

eustachian tube
A narrow tube between the middle ear and the throat that serves to equalize pressure on both sides of the eardrum

inner ear
the innermost part of the ear, containing the cochlea, semicircular canals, and vestibular sacs

cochlea
a coiled, bony, fluid-filled tube in the inner ear through which sound waves trigger nerve impulses

mechanical
digestion Part of digestion that uses movement and muscles to break down food

chemical
digestion the digestion process in which enzymes are used to break foods into their smaller chemical buiding blocks

hydrolysis
A chemical process that lyses, or splits, molecules by the addition of water; an essential process in digestion.

enzymes
molecules, usually proteins or nucleic acids, that act as catalysts in biochemical reactions

anus
A muscular opening at the end of the rectum through which waste material is eliminated from the body

alimentary
canal Also known as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of the digestive tract, the alimentary canal is the long muscular “tube” that includes the mouth esophagus, somatch, small intesitne, and large intestine.

accessory
organs In the GI tract, organs that play a role in digestion but not directly part of the alimentary canal. These include the liver, the gallbladder, the pancreas, adn the salivary glands.

surface
area The ability to transport oxygen, food, and waste across cell membrane depends on, the amount of exposed surface of a substance

salivary
glands three pairs of exocrine glands in the mouth that secrete saliva; the parotid, submandibular (submaxillary), and sublingual glands

amylase
enzyme in saliva that breaks the chemical bonds in starches

pharynx
muscular tube at the end of the gastrovascular cavity, or throat, that connects the mouth with the rest of the digestive tract and serves as a passageway for air and food

esophagus
muscular tube that moves food from the pharynx to the stomach

epiglottis
The flap of tissue that seals off the windpipe and prevents food from entering.

stomach
large muscular sac (organ) that continues the mechanical and chemical digestion of food

peristalsis
involuntary waves of muscle contraction that keep food moving along in one direction through the digestive system

gastric
juice A digestive liquid added to food in the stomach to chemically break down protein.

protease
Enzyme that breaks down proteins

chyme
a semiliquid mass of partially digested food that passes from the stomach into the small intestine

small
intestine digestive organ in which most chemical digestion takes place

pyloric
sphincter circular muscle that controls the movement of chyme from the stomach to the small intestines

liver
large organ just above the stomach that produces bile and functions in metabolism of protein and carbohydrate and fat; synthesizes substances involved in the clotting of the blood

bile
a mixture of salts and phospholipids that aids in the breakdown of fat,, a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder

gallbladder
a muscular sac attached to the liver that secretes bile and stores it until needed for digestion

pancreas
located partially behind the stomach in the abdomen, and it functions as both an endocrine and exocrine gland. It produces digestive enzymes as well as insulin and glucagon

villi
Small fingerlike projections on the walls of the small intestines that increase surface area

large
intestine colon; organ that removes water from the undigested materials that pass through it

rectum
The last part of the digestive tract, through which stools are eliminated

egestion
Removal of undigested waste

atrium
upper chamber of the heart that receives and holds blood that is about to enter the ventricle

ventricle
a chamber of the heart that receives blood from an atrium and pumps it to the arteries

atrioventricular
valve either of two heart valves through which blood flows from the atria to the ventricles

pulmonary
artery carries deoxygenated blood from the right ventricle to the lungs

deoxygenated
blood blood that contains little oxygen (blue)

oxygenated
blood blood that carries an abundant amount of oxygen

pulmonary
vein carries oxygenated blood from the lungs to the heart

systole
the contraction of the chambers of the heart (especially the ventricles) to drive blood into the aorta and pulmonary artery

diastole
relaxation period, the widening of the chambers of the heart between two contractions when the chambers fill with blood

pulmonary
circulation circulation of blood between the heart and the lungs

systematic
circulation flow of blood from the heart through the body back to the heart

coronary
circulation the flow of blood to and from the tissues of the heart

blood
The thick red fluid that flows through the body’s blood vessels and transports important substances throughout the body.

plasma
liquid portion of blood made up of water, dissolved salts, proteins, and other substances

hemoglobin
iron-containing protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen for delivery to cells

white
blood cells neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, lymphocytes and monocytes, cells that help the body fight diseases and infections

platelets
cell fragments that play an important part in forming blood clots

lymph
capillaries Tiniest lymphatic vessels, Drains away fluid so that it does not accumulate in the tissues of our body.

lymph
nodes bean-shaped organs varying in size found throughout the body; filter microorganisms and foreign materials from lymphocytes

ateries
carry blood from the heart to all parts of the body

veins
blood vessels that carry blood back to the heart

capillaries
tiny, thin-walled blood vessels that allow the exchange of gases and nutrients between the blood and the cells of the body

lymph
the clear fluid that bathes each cell and transfers needed substances and wastes back and forth between the blood and the cells

pharynx
throat; passageway for food to the esophagus and air to the larynx

larynx
voice box; passageway for air moving from pharynx to trachea; contains vocal cords

bronchi
The passages that branch from the trachea and direct air into the lungs

bronchioles
small subdivisions of the bronchi that are dead ends with tiny air sacks called alveoli at the end

alveoli
tiny sacs of lung tissue specialized for the movement of gases between air and blood

diaphragm
Large, flat muscle at the bottom of the chest cavity that helps with breathing

aerobic
respiration Respiration that requires oxygen, sequentially releasing energy and storing it in ATP

anaerobic
respiration Respiration in the absence of oxygen. This produces lactic acid.

lactic
acid when a muscle continues to burn sugar but doesn’t have enough oxygen to do it properly and becomes sore

neuron
nerve cell that is specialized to conduct nerve impulses

sodium
maintains cell fluids; helps nerves communicate, Na

potassium
helps build protein; maintains fluids; helps nerves communicate; helps muscles contract, K

impulse
the electrical discharge that travels along a nerve fiber

dendrite
extension of the cell body of a neuron that carries impulses from the environment or from other neurons toward the cell body

cell
body largest part of a typical neuron; contains the nucleus and much of the cytoplasm

axon
the extension of a neuron, ending in branching terminal fibers, through which messages pass to other neurons or to muscles or glands.

axon
terminal The endpoint of a neuron where neurotransmitters are stored.

neurotransmitter
chemical used by a neuron to transmit an impulse across a synapse to another cell

synapse
location at which a neuron can transfer an impulse to another cell

sensory
neuron picks up stimuli from the internal or external environment and converts each stimulus into a nerve impulse

interneuron
a nerve cell that relays messages between nerve cells, especially in the brain and spinal cord

motor
neuron nerve cell that carries messages away from the central nervous system towards the muscles and glands; efferent neuron

nerve
any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body

CNS
Central Nervous System, the portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord

PNS
Peripheral Nervous System, the sensory and motor neurons that connect the CNS to the rest of the body

somatic
a division of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movements

autonomic
This nervous system provides involuntary control over smooth muscle, cardiac muscle, and glands.

reflex
arc Sensory receptor, sensory neuron, motor neuron, and effector that are involved in a quick response to a stimulus.

spinal
cord a major part of the central nervous system which conducts sensory and motor nerve impulses to and from the brain

brain
The part of the central nervous system that is located in the skull and controls most functions in the body

cerebrum
anterior portion of the brain consisting of two hemispheres, large part of the brain that controls the senses and thinking

cerebellum
the “little brain” attached to the rear of the brainstem; it helps coordinate voluntary movement and balance

brain
stem the part of the brain continuous with the spinal cord and comprising the medulla oblongata and pons and midbrain and parts of the hypothalamus

medulla
part of the brain nearest the spinal cord which controls breathing, heart rate and blood pressure

homeostasis
process by which organisms maintain a relatively stable internal environment

hormones
chemical messengers, mostly those manufactured by the endocrine glands that are produced in one tissue and affect another

negative
feedback mechanism homeostatic control mechanism that reduces the output of the stimulus

positive
feedback mechanism homeostatic control mechanism that increases the stimulus to push the variable farther from its originial value

pituitary
gland the endocrine system’s most influential gland. Under the influence of the hypothalamus, the pituitary regulates growth and controls other endocrine glands

thyroid
gland Two lobes joined by a central mass in the throat, inferior to the larynx, produces two major hormones., produces hormones that regulate metabolism, body heat, and bone growth

parathyroid
gland behing the thyroid gland, acts to maintain homeostasis of calcium levels in blood

adrenal
gland On the kidneys, fight or flight hormone, regulates water balance, blood pressure, and joint articulation, hormones: adrenaline, steroids (cortisone)

Isles
of langerhans controls storage of sugar in the liver and blood level of sugar, insulin and glucagan, in the pancreas

testes
In the scrotum, testosterone, the male gonads, which produce sperm and secrete male sex hormones.

ovaries
female gonads, estrogen and progesterone, pelvic region, female secondary sex characteristics, menstrual cycle.