#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.

Comments from my Readers & Friends

  1. 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

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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

    • 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!)

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

    • 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!)

    • 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.