Can You Identify These Bones From an X-ray?

By: Kennita Leon
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You won't have to "bone up" for this quiz!

With over 206 bones, the human body is truly amazing. The skelton and skull are the foundation of all movement and function. And what’s even more remarkable is when broken, the bones can heal themselves (if the injured area is kept stable) in six to 12 weeks to a significant degree. Although the sum of the parts is impressive, so are the parts themselves. For instance, the femur is the strongest bone in the body, as well as the only bone found in the thigh. There's also a bone called the lacrimal that is so delicate and small it houses the lacrimal sac used for storing tears. Get ready to be fascinated by the bones in these X-ray by taking the quiz now.

One doesn’t need to be an orthopedic surgeon or a biologist to get all the questions correct. You may know a little right now but end up learning a lot! For instance, many people don’t know there are three bones found in the middle ear. Or the density of your bones reaches a maximum level around age 30. If all else fails, you can have fun singing “Dem Bones” song while completing the quiz. We’ll get you started. “The ankle bone’s connected to the leg bone and the leg bone’s connected the knee bone …”

Connected to the tibia, the fibula, or calf bone, is the smaller of two bones located in the leg. It is considered the most slender long bone of the body.

The sacrum is a large bone found at the base of the spine, formed by the fusion of sacral vertebrae.

Covered by a layer of fat, the pubis is one of three main bones in the pelvis, which protect and support the bladder and rectum.

The shorter and smaller of the two bones found in the forearm, the radius connects the elbow to the hand.

Also referred to as the tongue bone, the hyoid bone rests between the chin and thyroid cartilage.

The forward-most part of the skull, the frontal bone comprises of three parts; the squamous part, the orbital part and the nasal part.

Connecting the scapula to the bones of the forearm, the humerus extends from the shoulder to elbow.

More commonly known as the collarbone, the clavicle is the only horizontal long bone in the body and lies between the shoulder blade and sternum.

The ulna, like the radius, is found in the forearm. It is the larger of the two and extends between the wrist and elbow.

The femur is the strongest bone in the body, as well as the only bone found in the leg.

The ilium is found in most vertebrates as the largest part of the hip bone and is made up of two parts: the body and wing.

Holding the lower set of teeth, the mandible, also called the jawbone, is the largest and strongest bone in the face.

The occipital bone is the lower-most part to the back of the skull. The spinal cord passes through this bone in an opening called the foramen magnum.

One of three ossicles, the incus is an anvil-shaped bone found in the middle ear.

The tarsal bone forms part of a cluster of seven bones found in the foot called the tarsus. In humans, the tarsal, along with the other bones of the tarsus, make up the ankle.

Forming the rib cage, the ribs are curved bones found in the chest and are responsible for protecting the lungs.

Connecting the hand and forearm, the carpals are eight bones that form the wrist. Their name was derived from the Latin word 'carpus' meaning wrist.

The stapes, found in the middle ear, is one of three bones which help in conducting sound vibrations to the inner ear.

The largest part of the vertebral column, the lumbar vertebrae consist of five vertebrae located between the rib cage and pelvis.

Also called manubrium sterni, the manubrium is the broader, upper part of the sternum; a flat bone found in the chest which connects the ribs.

More commonly referred to as the tailbone, the coccyx comprises of three to five vertebrae and is found at the end of the spine.

Serving the same purpose as the metatarsal bones of the feet, the metacarpals form the intermediate part of the hand between the fingers and the wrist.

Found on the inner side of the leg, the tibia is the larger of two bones which connect the knee to the ankle.

The thoracic vertebrae are a cluster of 12 vertebrae found between the cervical and lumbar vertebrae. They increase in size, moving downward away from the skull.

Found between the toes and tarsal bones of the foot are metatarsals; five bones which aid in the movement of the foot.

Lying between the skull and thoracic vertebrae is a group of vertebrae in the neck referred to as cervical vertebrae. They are often differentiated by the presence of holes called foramen.

Phalanges are long bones found in the toes of the foot. They are shorter and more compressed when compared to those of the hand.

Also known as fingerbones, phalanges are the bones which make up the fingers and are longer than those found in the foot.

The sternum or breastbone is a flat bone located in the chest between the ribs, forming part of the rib cage.

More commonly called the shoulder blade, the scapula is two identical bones found on the left and right sides of the body, connecting the humerus to the clavicle.

The vomer is a thin, unpaired bone which forms part of the skull or more specifically part of the nasal septum.

The malleus, or hammer, so called due to its shape, is one of three ossicles found in the ear. It transmits sound from the eardrum to the incus.

A member of the group of bones referred to as the tarsus, the talus or ankle bone makes up the lower part of the ankle joint.

Attached to the femur is a circular-triangular bone called the patella, or more commonly, the kneecap; it covers the knee.

A small and fragile facial bone, the lacrimal bone is found near the nasal septum and houses the lacrimal sac used for storing tears.

Serving no apparent purpose, the pisiform is a small, round bone found in the carpus where the wrist and ulna meet.

Forming what is called the nose bridge are two oddly shaped bones called nasal bones. These two bones vary in size in different individuals.

Temporal bones are a pair of bones which house ear structures. They are found at the sides and base of the skull.

Named from the Latin word "paries," meaning wall, the parietal bones are two bones found in the skull which form the roof of the cranium.

Located to the back of the nasal cavity and forming part of the facial skeleton are two irregular bones called the palatine bones.

Created by the fusing of two maxillary bones, the maxilla or upper jawbone is attached to the cheekbones, and holds the upper teeth.

The accessory bone appears only in some humans. It has no function and may be found in the ankle, foot, and wrists of a few individuals.

Considered a pair of facial bones, the inferior nasal concha are found along the wall of the nasal cavity and are also called inferior nasal turbinates.

The vertebrae are several irregular bones which make up the spine. They are divided into five groups: the cervical vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, lumbar vertebrae, sacral vertebrae and the coccyx.

The cranium is a large bone, which along with the mandible, makes up the skull. Its main functions are to support facial structures and to protect the brain.

Made up of the ilium, ischium and pubis, the hip bones, or pelvic bones they are also called, are two large, flat bones attached to the femur and several body muscles.

The arm extends from the shoulder to the hand and is made up of several bones which include the humerus, radius and ulna.

Feet are the tools responsible for supporting the weight of human beings and do so with the help of the tarsus, metatarsus and phalanges.

Used for holding, hands are found at the end of the forearms and are made up of carpals, metacarpals and phalanges.

Connecting the hip to the feet, legs are made up of the strongest bone in the human body, the femur in the thigh region and the tibia and fibula in the lower leg.

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