Axial Skeleton | Skeletal System of Human Anatomy | PPT

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Axial Skeleton | Skeletal System of Human Anatomy | PPT

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Human Anatomy

Axial Skeleton

Skeletal System

The bones of the skeleton form an internal framework to support soft tissues, protect vital organs, bear the body’s weight, and help us move.

Typically, there are 206 bones in an adult skeleton, although this number varies in some individuals.

A larger number of bones are present at birth, but the total number decreases with growth and maturity as some separate bones fuse.



Skeletal System

The axial skeleton is composed of the bones along the central axis of the body,

the skull

the vertebral column

the thoracic cage

The appendicular skeleton consists of the bones of the appendages

upper and lower limbs

the bones that hold the limbs to the trunk of the body.

The Skull

Cranial bones form the rounded cranium, which completely surrounds and encloses the brain.

Facial bones form the bones of the face. They also

protect the entrances to the digestive and respiratory systems as well as

provide attachment sites for facial muscles

The Mandible

The lower jaw is formed by the mandible.

The prominent “chin” of the mandible is called the mental protuberance.


Cavities of The Skull

The largest cavity is the cranial cavity, which encloses, cushions, and supports the brain.

The skull also has several smaller cavities, including the orbits (eye sockets), the oral cavity (mouth), the nasal cavity, and the paranasal sinuses.


Markings of the Skull

Numerous bone markings




passageways for blood vessels and nerves

Sutures of the Skull

Sutures are immovable fibrous joints that form the boundaries between the cranial bones.

Dense regular connective tissue seals cranial bones firmly together at a suture.

Allow the cranium to grow and expand during childhood.

In adulthood, when cranial growth has stopped, the sutures fuse and are obliterated.



Have a mucous lining that helps to humidify and warm inhaled air.

Cause these skull bones to be lighter.

Provide resonance to the voice.


Auditory Ossicles

Three tiny ear bones called auditory ossicles are housed within the petrous region of each temporal bone.

the malleus

the incus

the stapes


Hyoid Bone

Slender, curved bone located inferior to the skull between the mandible and the larynx (voice box).

Does not articulate with any other bone in the skeleton.

Serves as sites for attachment for tongue and larynx muscles and ligaments.



The regions between the cranial bones are thickened, fibrous membrane remnants that are not yet ossified.

Sometimes referred to as the “soft spots” on a baby’s head.

They close by 15 months of age.

When a baby travels through the birth canal, the cranial bones overlap at these fontanels, in order to ease the baby’s passage.

Newborns frequently have a “cone-shaped” head due to this temporary deformation.

The Vertebral Column

Composed of 26 bones, including

24 individual vertebrae and the

fused vertebrae that form both the sacrum and the coccyx

The vertebral column has several functions:

providing vertical support for the body

supporting the weight of the head

helping to maintain upright body position

helping to transfer axial skeletal weight to the appendicular skeleton of the lower limbs

housing and protecting the delicate spinal cord and providing a passageway for spinal nerves connecting to the spinal cord


Three Main Spinal Curvature

Kyphosis is an exaggerated thoracic curvature that is directed posteriorly, producing a “hunchback” look.

Lordosis is an exaggerated lumbar curvature, often called “swayback,” that is observed as a protrusion of the abdomen and buttocks.

Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature that sometimes results during development when both the vertebral arch and body fail to form, or form incompletely, on one side of a vertebra.

scoliosis is the most common spinal curvature deformity.


Thoracic Cage

Consists of the thoracic vertebrae posteriorly, the ribs laterally, and the sternum anteriorly.

Acts as a protective cage around vital organs, such as the heart, lungs, trachea, and esophagus.

Provides attachment points for many muscles supporting the pectoral girdles, the chest, the neck, the shoulders, the back, and the muscles involved in respiration.



Both males and females 12 pairs

Ribs 1–7 are called true ribs. At the anterior body wall, the true ribs connect individually to the sternum by separate cartilaginous extensions called costal cartilages.

Ribs 8–12 are called false ribs because their costal cartilages do not attach directly to the sternum. The costal cartilages of ribs 8–10 fuse to the costal cartilage of rib 7 and thus indirectly articulate with the sternum.

The last two pairs of false ribs (ribs 11 and 12) are called floating ribs because they have no connection with the sternum.




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