Chapter 1 Body Cavities & Regions

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Dorsal Cavity

(DISC) The cavity that contains the cranial and the spinal cavities is the __________. One of two main body cavities; contains cranial and spinal cavities, which form one continuous space

Ventral Cavity

(BU) The cavity that contains the mediastinum. (DISC) The __________ consists of the thoracic cavity, the abdominal cavity, and the pelvic cavity. Larger of two main body cavities; contains thoracic and abdominopelvic cavities

Cranial Cavity

Contains the brain.

Spinal Cavity (Canal)

Encloses the spinal cord.


(DISC) Separates the thoracic and abdominopelvic cavities,

Thoracic Cavity

(DISC) The lungs and the heart are housed within the __________ cavity. The question had "abdominopelvic" and was FALSE. Located superior to (above) the diaphragm. Contains the heart, lungs, and large blood vessels that join the heart.


The space between the lungs, including the organs and vessels contained in that space.

Abdominopelvic Cavity

Located inferior to (below) the diaphragm. Subdivided into the abdominal cavity and the pelvis cavity.

Abdominal Cavity

(BU) The cavity that contains the liver. Superior portion of the abdominopelvic cavity and conatins the stomach, most of the intestine, the liver, the gallbladder, the pancreas, and the spleen.

Pelvic Cavity

(BU) The cavity that contains the urinary bladder. (DISC) The cavity below the abdominal cavity is ________. Inferior portion of the abdominopelvic cavity and contains the urinary bladder, the rectum, and the internal parts of the reproductive system.

Epigastirc Region

Just inferior to the breastbone.

Umbilical Region

The area around the navel.

Hypogastric Region

(DISC) The three central regions of the body are the epigastric region, umbilical region, and the ___________. The most inferior of all the midline regions.

Hypochondriac Regions

Areas on the left and right, just inferior to the ribs.

Lumbar Regions

Areas on the left and right, level with the loins.

Iliac Regions

(DISC) The _________ of the body are also known as the inguinal regions. Areas on the left and right, at the upper crest of the hipbone and the groin (Inguinal) region.

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