Strange Names for Body Parts (The stuff on this webpage is mentioned on page 13 & 31 of my book)

From left to right, Illustrations of: A body with an arrow pointing to the belly, labeled "Appendix (It's somewhere in here!)" A face with an arrow pointing to between the nose and lips, labeled "Philtrum" An ear with an arrow pointing to the pointy part that sticks out over the ear canal, labeled "Tragus" A hand giving a thumbs up with an arrow pointing to the thumb, labeled "Pollex"

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.

An illustration of Lincoln's head with the numbers 1-8 pointing to various parts

  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.

An outline of a body with the numbers 1-8 pointing to various parts

  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. thiers actullaly a musle in the part where you bend your arm(sorry dont know what its called.) its called the weinnise

  2. are animal body parts called the same thing or is it something different? could you post names of animal parts?

    1. Yeah…my mom wouldn’t let me get into any more detail (if you know what I mean).

  3. I’ve never heard of a lot of these but some of them are familiar like the clavical the patella and the navel. Really interesting stuff though. How did you find all of these definitions?
    P.S. Have you ever played Minecraft?
    P.P.S You said you played lacrosse at summer camp during the Cool Duel? I play lacrosse in petaluma on a team called the River Cats, did you enjoy lacrosse?

    1. Answers to your questions:
      –I have a very cool chart on my wall that has lots of names of body parts.
      –Yes, but not very often because I am too busy writing. Georgie is very good at it, though.
      –It was the very first time I ever played lacrosse, so I stunk at it and mostly did nothing right.

  4. I am a dancer who dances every day of my life. I even have a competition coming up. Any way, just a tip, if you fall on your tailbone and bruise it keep ice on it. Also what helps alot is to try to walk it off. Last but not least, thank you for writting this book. At first i didn’t really like reading.Ever since our teacher starting reading it to us and when you cam to my school I got a book on my lexile and enjoyed reading it. Thank you for inspiring me. Wish me good luck at my dance competition! 🙂 Brianna

  5. Those are really weird.I have a name for the foot and its called a woot (wut) because the w is for walking and the oot came from foot.Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. I LOVE MAC AND CHEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WHOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE, MaryKatherine White <3 <3 <3

    1. I never thought about it, but YOU ARE RIGHT. “Liver” is a strange word for a body part.

  7. A pancreas is a body part in your stomach. Um…what it does is kind of gross. I’d rather you not ask 😉

    1. I used to go to that school, but I moved to Forest Lake Elementary. I’m the weird 2nd grader who beat the whole school-even 6th grade-in R.C. points. I bet you if you ask the librarian she remembers me.

  8. Spine is a weird name for a body part in my opinion. When I hear it I think of a porcupine or a hedgehog or something like that.

  9. cheesie im micah and i go to canyon springs which u r coming to on thursday i have an afro and im tall so when i see u im going to ask if u really answer the emails that me and the other people send

    1. I was so busy visiting schools that I didn’t have time to respond to your comment until now. So here goes:
      HI, MICAH!

    1. Good one! It’s a weird name, too. I think your spleen (which Granpa says is near your liver) does something good for your blood.

    1. I have two things to say:
       1. Tibia sounds like a girl’s name.
       2. It is the bigger leg bone below the knee. The shin is part of it.

      So, what if I put a girl in my next book whose name was Tibia Shinbohn?

  10. hey cheesie this is matt actually and you know the whole deal. for the armpit pitstop. my brother and my mom are arguing right now so they just stopped like five seconds ago so my brother is watching me right now

  11. you went to my brothers school SHAW yay my brother was so happy to meet you and you signed my others brothers book tyrek white

    1. I told this to my father and he laughed so hard I could see the Valhalla dangling in his throat! When he stopped laughing, he told me it’s called a uvula (pronounced YOU’VE-you-luh). He also told me Valhalla is where the Vikings went when they died.

  12. The author came to FSUS it was awesome he is funny. He took a plane from California to Florida he is awesome I’m reading his first book and can not wait to read the 2nd and 3rd when It comes out.

  13. Hi u like almost just visited my school on september 25 i just finished the first book and i am reading the second!and im still telling people about what u did at a summer camp when u were like 19 also i cant wsit for the next book im telling ecerybody about your books and to read them!!!! Thank and i love your books! 🙂

  14. I love your book. My name is Marcasia Nelson (mar-casey-ah)
    Most people never say my name right. So they call me Case of Nels ) I love case’s

    1. Mark, hey! See ya! (Marcasia)
      That’s what I’d yell to a friend named Mark when he was leaving.
      (You have a very COOL name!)

  15. On page 31, it said Scott rubbed his knuckles across Cheesie’s pate. I don’t see pate on your list. What is it?

    1. I can’t believe I left that out!
      Pate = top of the head; crown…like in the nursery rhyme, “Jack fell down and broke his crown.”
      (I’m going to fix this web page right away!)

    1. That’s a good one. It means throat, especially the part where the food goes down.

    1. Good question! I looked it up, and the answer is really interesting. PINNA comes from the word for feather, so it’s kind of like your outer ear is sort of a feather sticking out of your head, I guess.

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