Anatomy & Physiology 06 The Skeletal System


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Tennis player

This photograph shows a man playing tennis.
Athletes rely on toned skeletal muscles to supply the force required for movement. (credit: Emmanuel Huybrechts/flickr)

Chapter objectives

After studying this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain the organization of muscle tissue
  • Describe the function and structure of skeletal, cardiac muscle, and smooth muscle
  • Explain how muscles work with tendons to move the body
  • Describe how muscles contract and relax
  • Define the process of muscle metabolism
  • Explain how the nervous system controls muscle tension
  • Relate the connections between exercise and muscle performance
  • Explain the development and regeneration of muscle tissue

When most people think of muscles, they think of the muscles that are visible just under the skin, particularly of the limbs. These are skeletal muscles, so-named because most of them move the skeleton. But there are two other types of muscle in the body, with distinctly different jobs. Cardiac muscle, found in the heart, is concerned with pumping blood through the circulatory system. Smooth muscle is concerned with various involuntary movements, such as having one’s hair stand on end when cold or frightened, or moving food through the digestive system. This chapter will examine the structure and function of these three types of muscles.

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Question: Most of the bones of the arms and hands are long bones; however, the bones in the wrist are categorized as ________.


flat bones

short bones

sesamoid bones

irregular bones

Question: Bone tissue can be described as ________.


dead calcified tissue


the skeletal system

dense, hard connective tissue

Question: Sesamoid bones are found embedded in ________.






Question: Long bones enable body movement by acting as a ________.



resistive force



Question: Yellow marrow has been identified as ________.


an area of fat storage

a point of attachment for muscles

the hard portion of bone

the cause of kyphosis

Question: Which of the following can be found in areas of movement?




yellow marrow

red marrow

Question: Which function of the skeletal system would be especially important if you were in a car accident?


storage of minerals

protection of internal organs

facilitation of movement

fat storage

Question: Without red marrow, bones would not be able to ________.


store phosphate

store calcium

make blood cells

move like levers

Question: The skeletal system is made of ________.


muscles and tendons

bones and cartilage

vitreous humor

minerals and fat

Question: Bones that surround the spinal cord are classified as ________ bones.






Question: Which category of bone is among the most numerous in the skeleton?


long bone

sesamoid bone

short bone

flat bone

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Source:  Anatomy & Physiology MCQ. OpenStax College.
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