5.1 Introduction to the Organization of the Body

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to

  1. Describe the basic components and building blocks of the human body
  2. Identify the 11 body systems and their function
  3. Define the body cavities and the organs within
  4. Identify the divisions of the spine
  5. Describe the planes of the body
  6. Identify the locations of the abdominal regions and quadrants

Chapter Overview

This chapter will provide you with an overview of the body’s organization and related concepts. It will give you a chance to use and apply the skills and knowledge you have learned about medical terminology so far. Discussion will focus on the levels of organization within the body and a give basic overview of each of the body systems, which will give you the knowledge required to understand the next chapter of this text. We will also discuss body planes, cavities, abdominal quadrants, and divisions of the spine. The examples and exercises will help  solidify your knowledge about the the organization of the human body.



Unless otherwise indicated, material on this page has been adapted from the following resource:

Betts, J. G., Young, K. A., Wise, J. A., Johnson, E., Poe, B., Kruse, D. H., Korol, O., Johnson, J. E., Womble, M., & DeSaix, P. (2013). Anatomy and physiology. OpenStax. https://openstax.org/details/books/anatomy-and-physiology licensed under CC BY 4.0



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