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Glossary Term

appendicular bone

Explore the fascinating structure of the appendicular skeleton, comprising approximately 126 bones including the arms, legs, pelvis, clavicle, and scapula. Distinguished from the 'axial skeleton', it plays a crucial role in our movement and physical coordination. Learn about its origins from the term 'appendage', denoting a constituent part.

Appendicular Skeleton - referring to the bones the bones of the arms and legs, as well as the bones that support them. This includes the pelvis, clavicle and scapula. There are approximately 126 bones in the appendicular skeleton.

  • Etymology - Appendicular, as in appendage, "that which is appended to something as a proper part," 1640s, from append  + -age . - Etymology Online

"Appendicular skeleton" is a label referring to a set of bones whose function is distinct from the bones of the "axial skeleton ".




  1. Pectoral girdles
  2. Pelvic girdle
  3. Upper limbs
  4. Lower limbs

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