How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

7 terms

ORGANIZATION OF THE SKELETON: Bone Shapes

ORGANIZATION OF THE SKELETON: Bone Shapes
STUDY
PLAY
long, short, flat, irregular
The four basic shapes of bone are
Long bones
are those that are longer than they are wide. Nearly all bones in the limbs are this shape.
epiphysis
The ends of the long bones are called
diaphysis
shaft of long bones is called the
Short bones
are cube-shaped. Many of the bones in the feet are this shape.
Flat bones
are thin and flat with cancellous bone between two thin plates of compact bone.
Irregular bones
are simply those whose shapes don't fit any of the previous categories or have characteristics of more than one of the shape categories. An example is the patella bone that makes up the kneecap.