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skeletal system -six main functions

support

provides structural support for the entire body

protection

surrounds soft tissue- ex. ribs and sternum protect the heart and lungs, - skull protects the brain

movement

skeletal muscle is attached to bone so it pulls on the bone when it contracts

mineral homeostasis

stores calcium and phosphorus--minerals are released into the blood when needed

blood cell production

red bone marrow produces red blood cells, white blood cells and other blood elements

storage

storage of minerals and lipids(fats)---yellow marrow stores fat --(found in long bones)

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