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Cranial cavity

contains the brain

Vertebral canal

contains the spinal cord

Thoracic cavity

a space enclosed by the ribs, sternum and vertebral column. It contains 3 small cavities: the pericardial and 2 pleural cavities.

Pericardial cavity

surrounds the heart

Pleural cavities

each pleural cavity contains the lung


a central area within the thoracic cavity, extends from the neck to the diaphragm, from the sternum to the vertebral column. It contains these organs: the heart, thymus gland, esophagus, trachea, blood vessels and bronchi.


separates the thoracic cavity from the abdominopelvic cavity

Abdominopelvic cavity

consists of two continuous cavities: abdominal and pelvic

Abdominal cavity

contains stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, small intestines, kidneys, appendix, part of large intestine. This cavity is devided into 2 smaller cavities: peritoneal cavity and retroperitoneal cavity.

Retroperitoneal cavity

contains pancreas, kidneys, adrenal glands, portions of large intestine, small intestine, aorta, and inferior vena cava.

Pelvic cavity

contains part of large intestine, rectum, urinary bladder, female reproductive organs( ovaries, uterine tubes, uterus, vagina) and male reproductive organs(prostate and part of ductus deferens. Testes and penis are not located in the pelvic cavity, but inferior to it.


organs inside of thoracic and abdominopelvic cavities

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