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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    1. A new girl moved to my school from…Syria. And her name was Columella Nasi.
      (just kidding…but it’s a v cool name.)

  1. gluteos maximus means “butt!” Oh, and sorry about your parents, grandparents and aunt bRENDA for this comment, Chee-chee!

  2. Uvula- fleshy punching bag that hangs in your throat.
    Septum- piece of skin separating the two nostrils
    Sacrum- hip bones

    1. Goods one…the first two. But your sacrum is the bone at the very bottom of your spine, sometimes called your tailbone.

  3. Do you remember Lincoln School Highland Park Ill? Im a student and I met you last year. Do you remember me Noah Weiss 4th grade (now)?

    1. I totally remember Lincoln…but there were a lot of kids, so you, personally? Not so much.

    2. You never went to my school… I don’t even know youre real face! I just like your books..

  4. Wow! I never knew there were sooooooooo many difficult words for names of body parts. Its cool.

    1. I also am still reading that 1 book you got me signed back at 2014…

      At Fremont Intermediate School.
      That one book is “Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything”
      Still lovin’ it 😀

    1. The golgi apparatus is actually inside every cell. It packages the ribosomes after they are made from rRNA.

    2. Granpa says he used to do tricks on the golgi apparatus he had in his backyard when he was a kid. (Heehee)

    1. True, but that’s a slang term…not a real medical or physiological term. My dad told me the word “physiological” (fizzy-o-LAH-ji-kul). It means “about the body.”

  5. Biceps, triceps, quadriceps (I think they’re just running out names for -ceps.)

  6. Metatarsals, metacarpals, patella, humerus, femur, ulna, radius, and gluetaus maximus.

    1. Tibia is right, but the other bone is a fibula. I know because my father broke his fibula skiing when he was a teenager.

  7. 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.

    1. Pancreas.
      My friend Yasmin has diabetes, which means the pancreas can’t make enough Insulin to control her blood sugar.

  8. I wasn’t the covor for your 1st book the picture of you and the pictures of evryone else? ps. what is your favorite computer game? my favorite is minecraft.

  9. hey chessiy I love your books I should know I read alot and I just want to say your
    the best writer I know

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