Axial skeleton

The axial skeleton is the central portion of the bony skeleton comprising the head, neck and trunk (80 bones in total). It has many functions including housing and protecting the central nervous system as well as the organs of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. It enables movement and supports the upper and lower limbs (appendicular skeleton).

Bones of the axial skeleton

Anatomy: General

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rID: 41590
Section: Anatomy
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