Anatomy word of the month: Cul-de-sac

“Bottom of the bag” in French. In everyday English a cul-de-sac is a blind alley, a dead-end street. In anatomy …

Anatomy word of the month: haustra

“Scoops, buckets” in Latin.  In ancient times water wheels with a series of buckets along the rim drew up water …

Anatomy word of the month: Achilles tendon

The Achilles tendon attaches major calf muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus, to the calcaneous (heel bone). Achilles was a famous …

Anatomy word of the month: Galea aponeurotica

A deep layer of the scalp is a close fitting, tough connective tissue “helmet” called the galea aponeurotica. In the …

Anatomy word of the month: Torcular Herophili

There are two major categories of anatomical terms: those that are simply descriptive as to shape, size, color, function and …

Anatomy word of the month: testis

The testis is the male generative organ, producing sperm cells and the male sex hormone, testosterone. Testis is a Latin …

Anatomy word of the month: hippocampus

The “sea horse” is a structure buried deep within each hemisphere of the brain. This term is more descriptive of …

Anatomy word of the month: Pes anserinus

Did you know you had a “goose foot” on the inner side of your knees? Those imaginative, ancient anatomists envisioned …

Anatomy word of the month: philtrum

Why would that dimple under your nose be called a “love potion”? In ancient times when people did not bath …

Anatomy word of the month: fornix

Deep within each cerebral hemisphere is an arch of nerve fibers that is aptly named the fornix which means an …

Anatomy word of the month: mastoid

Would you believe that the name for the little bony prominence behind your ear means “like a breast” referring to …

Anatomy word of the month: Pudendal nerve

Pudendal comes from a Latin word meaning, “to be ashamed”. Interesting that this term is an archaic reference to the …