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Most anatomic structures have names have non-English origins—usually Latin or Greek. If you know the translations of these names, they can serve as mnemonic devices (memory aids) to help you find, study, and remember them.

The Lion Den has a growing library of lists that provide pronunciations of anatomic structure names and their translations. To access them, your have to register as a member of Lion Den (don’t worry, it’s secure and it’s free!).

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Bone Marking Types

  • Learn the names of all the major types of bone features, such as foramen, condyle, epicondyle, process, suture, and more.
  • Knowing the types of bone markings will help you find and remember the various particular examples of each type.
  • This list also includes many examples of each marking type, providing a list of different foramina, different condyles, and so on.
  • Includes common pronunciations of each term.

Bones and Bone Features

  • Names of all the bones of the human skeleton.
  • Names of the major bone markings, regions, and features of the bones.
  • Translations of the name of a bone or marking can help you find and remember them.
  • Includes common pronunciations of each term.

Muscle Names

  • Names and translations of major muscles of the human body.
  • Name translations help you locate and remember muscles. They sometimes help you remember their functions, too.
  • Pronunciations of muscle names are included.