Anatomy word of the month: haustra

February 3, 2014 —

Wagon-Wheel-Bucket“Scoops, buckets” in Latin.  In ancient times water wheels with a series of buckets along the rim drew up water from shallow wells and poured it into troughs for watering stock or irrigation ditches.  As imaginative as ever, anatomists thought that the pouches (haustra) along the large bowel or colon functioned to scoop and draw feces along the bowel, thereby resembling the haustrum of ancient times.


Dr. Dyche was born in New Jersey and trained at Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center before coming to Des Moines in 1976. Over 30 plus years he has taught gross anatomy, embryology and neuroanatomy. He also served in administration as associate dean for basic sciences, dean of the College of Health Sciences, and acting director of the PA program. He was one of the founding instructors of CPR and ACLS at a time when few medical schools offered this training. He retired to Oregon in 2008, then returned to DMU in 2009. Did he miss the tornadoes, the below zero wind chills or the cadavers?