Anatomy & Physiology Musculoskeletal #2

Question

Which is an example of an appendicular bone of the skeletal system?

Answers

  1. The ribs.
    • Rationale:

      The ribs are an example of an axial, not appendicular, bone.

  2. The skull.
    • Rationale:

      The skull is an example of an axial, not appendicular, bone.

  3. The pelvis.
    • Rationale:

      The appendicular bones are those found in the upper and lower limbs in addition to the shoulders and the pelvis.

  4. The spinal column.
    • Rationale:

      The spinal column is an example of an axial, not appendicular, bone.

Overview

The skeletal bones can be categorized and classified in several ways.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Bone location is one classification for the skeletal system. There are two categories for bone location, the axial bones and the appendicular bones. The axial bones include those that make-up the ribs, skull, and spinal column. The appendicular bones comprise the rest of the skeletal system including the bones found in the arms (i.e., upper limbs), the legs (i.e., lower limbs), the pelvis, and the shoulders.

Test Taking Tip

Consider the location of each choice to determine the correct answer for this question.

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