The skeletal system is an integral part of the human body. It serves as a foundation, giving shape and form to the human body. It also serves other important functions such as supporting, protecting, allowing movement, storing minerals and producing blood in the body.
The skeletal system protects vital organs such as the brain, heart, and lungs. The brain is protected by the surrounding skull and the heart and lungs are protected by the sternum and rib cage. There are 206 bones in the human body which give the framework to other organs and soft tissue of the body. The skeletal system is divided into two parts called the appendicular and axial. The axial bones support the head, neck, and trunk while the appendicular bones hold the external body parts to the axial skeleton.
Bodily movement is carried out by the cooperation of the muscular and skeletal systems with the joining of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. In addition, blood cells are produced by marrow located in the bones and important minerals such as calcium and phosphorus are stored in the bones as a reserve for when mineral supplies are low.
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The Skeletal System