In the abdominopelvic cavity, the membranes are
lines the wall of the abdominopelvic cavity,
covers most of the organs in the
abdominopelvic cavity. The potential space between these
membranes is called the
What are the viscera?
Which organs occupy the thoracic cavity? The abdominal cavity?
The pelvic cavity?
Name the cavities of the head.
Describe the membranes associated with the thoracic and
Distinguish between the parietal and visceral peritoneum.
The human organism consists of several organ systems,
each of which includes a set of interrelated organs that
work together to provide specialized functions. The mainte-
nance of homeostasis depends on the coordination of organ
systems. A F
at the end of
some chapters ties together the ways in which organ sys-
tems interact. As you read about each organ system, you
may want to consult the illustrations and cadaver photos of
the human torso in reference plates 1–25 at the end of this
chapter (pp. 31–49) and locate some of the features listed
in the descriptions.
The organs of the
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include the skin and accessory organs such as the
hair, nails, sweat glands, and sebaceous glands. These parts
protect underlying tissues, help regulate body temperature,
house a variety of sensory receptors, and synthesize certain
products. Chapter 6 discusses the integumentary system.
Support and Movement
The organs of the skeletal and muscular systems support and
move body parts. The
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consists of the bones as well as the ligaments and carti-
lages that bind bones together at joints. These parts provide
frameworks and protective shields for softer tissues, serve
as attachments for muscles, and act together with muscles
when body parts move. Tissues within bones also produce
blood cells and store inorganic salts.
The muscles are the organs of the
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closer together, muscles provide the forces that move body
parts. Muscles also help maintain posture and are the pri-
mary source of body heat. Chapters 7, 8, and 9 discuss the
skeletal and muscular systems.
Middle ear cavity
The cavities in the head include the cranial, oral, nasal, orbital, and middle ear cavities, as well as several sinuses.