Where Names Of Bones Come From

MostboneshaveLatinorGreek names, and many portray what they resemble, where they are, or what they do. The bones in the inward ear are known as the ‘malleus’, ‘incus’ and ‘stapes’, which mean sledge, iron block and stirrup. The word ‘patella’ (the kneecap) implies shallow dish, while ‘pelvis’ signifies bowl. ‘Femur’ signifies thigh, ‘vertebra’ comes from the Latin action word ‘to turn’, and ‘mandible’ from the Latin for ‘to bite’.

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