Anatomy word of the month: pituitary

“Mucus, phlegm” in Latin.  Ancient anatomists thought the pituitary produced the mucous secretions of the nose.  The pituitary is a …

Anatomy word of the month: cremaster

To “suspend or hang” in Greek.  In the male body, the cremaster is part of a mechanism to suspend the …

Anatomy word of the month: Tensor veli palatini

Sounds like a mouth-watering selection from an Italian restaurant menu! Actually, these terms are not far removed from this suggestion …

Anatomy word of the month: phalanges

In the ancient Greek army a row of troops was called a phalanx. To later anatomists, the rows of bones …

Anatomy word of the month: coccyx

Our “tailbone” was called the “cuckoo” by the Greeks who thought it resembled the beak of the bird of the …

Anatomy word of the month: Antecubital

“In front of the elbow” in Latin.  The hollow in the crook of your arm in front of the elbow, …

Anatomy word the month: Mons veneris

The fat pad over the pubic area of females is currently termed the mons pubis (pubic mountain-Latin).  An older term, …

Anatomy word of the month: fundus

“Bottom” in Latin.  A number of organs have a part called the fundus or fundic region.  Confusingly, the fundus is …

Anatomy word of the month: pubic symphysis

You might guess the region of anatomy from associations with puberty.  The pubic symphysis is the point at which the …

Anatomy word of the month: thymus

“Burned as a sacrifice, incense” in Greek.  A lymphoid organ lying directly above the heart, more prominent in the young …

Anatomy word of the month: fontanelle

A “little fountain or spring” (derived from the Latin). In laymen’s terms, the “soft spots” of a baby’s head are …

Anatomy word of the month: synovial

This term is a combining of two Greek words meaning “to put together with an egg” and describes the construction …