#2-Strange names for body parts

Have you ever stubbed your hallux? And do you know where your axilla is? And if you stuck your nares under water, what would happen?

Amaze your friends with weird body knowledge! It’s called anatomy.

On this page, I have written down the strange (and true!) names for lots of parts of the body.

  1. iris—colored part of the eye.
  2. pinna—visible part of the ear.
  3. canthus—corners on either side of the eye, right where the upper and lower lids come together.
  4. glabella—flat area just above the nose, in between the eyebrows.
  5. naris—nostril (plural = nares).
  6. frenum—skinny band of tissue that connects the floor of the mouth to the underside of the tongue.
  7. gnathion—lowest point of the chin.
  8. pate—top of the head, crown.

  1. clavicle—collar bone
  2. axilla—armpit
  3. thorax—the part of the chest where the ribs are
  4. condyle—knuckle
  5. navel—bellybutton
  6. coccyx—tailbone (in the back)
  7. patella—kneecap
  8. hallux—big toe

You can comment on these weird names—and add your own—but please remember my parents, grandparents, and Aunt Brenda read all the comments, so don’t be rude or nasty.

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Comments from my Readers & Friends

  1. This sounds like a a spot on a treasure map, but this is where the apex of heart is located and your apical pulse is measured. To lolocate the apical pulse, you first need to find the 2nd intercostal space (simply space between each of your ribs). The easiest way to find the second space is buy locating a bump on the top of your sternum which is called the angle of Louis. .then you have the count the spaces between each rib until you get to the fifth intercostal space. The final direction is to locate the Apical by placing your stethoscope on the spot which is just medial to the midclavicular line. At the 5th intercostal space.
    To sum it up…its just below the nipple. Which is why it sometimes gets embarrassing for the larger busted women.

  2. Epiglotis is another one. It’s a little flap of cartilage in your throat that keeps food from going into your lungs, or air from going into your stomach.