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The Human Body - Bones

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  1. The fracture to the calcaneal bone, commonly this, is also called lover's fracture or Don Juan fracture and is derived from the fact that a lover may jump from great heights while trying to escape!

    Heel bone

  2. The popular American television series Bones features these two actors in the roles of Special Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan respectively.

    David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel

  3. Super Bowl winning quarterback of the Redskins who suffered bone injury on live television; the incident has since been voted the "Most Shocking Moment in NFL History" by football followers.

    Joe Theismann

  4. The purported 1912 discovery of fragments of a skull and jawbone in a gravel pit in England resulted in this hoax, the biggest of its type in the field of paleo-anthropology.

    Piltdown Man

  5. This icon called the appendage of 'the pelvis' to his name as "one of the most childish expressions I ever heard, comin' from an adult."

    Elvis Presley

  6. Fill-in the missing word and number: cervical(7), thoracic(12), ..., sacrum(5), coccyx(4)

    Lumbar(5) - vertebrae

  7. The eight-twelve pairs of ribs are called by this term, as they connect to the sternum indirectly.

    False ribs

  8. The 4 fused vertebrae at the bottom of the spine are collectively called this, also called a tailbone. The name comes from its resemblance to a cuckoo bird's beak.


  9. This phrase is used to refer to the two lowermost rib pairs (the eleventh and twelfth) because they are attached only to the vertebrae and not to the sternum.

    Floating ribs

  10. The only bone of the skull that remains unfixed and is linked to the structure at two joints.

    Mandible (lower jaw)

  11. The backbone or the spine consists of these many vertebrae.


  12. If Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones deals with the death of a teenage girl and the aftermath, this novel of Stephen King deals with an author who suffers from writer's block after the death of his wife.

    Bag of Bones

  13. The three longest bones.

    Femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone), and fibula (lower leg)

  14. Skull and Bones is a secret society at this Ivy League school.


  15. Generally used to refer to fibrous tissue that connects bones to other bones.


  16. Tennis elbow is one type of this affliction that results when the sac that reduces bone friction is inflamed.


  17. If osteocytes help maintain healthy bones and osteoclasts help reabsorb bone tissues, these are the cells that calcify and make bones. Boom!


  18. The site at which bones meet is called a joint or an articulation. These are the most common type of joints in the body.

    Synovial joints

  19. Air-filled cavities within the skull bones whose clogging can be prevented by the usage of Neti pots.


  20. Also called the breastbone, the sternum consists of three parts - the manubrium, the body of sternum, and the xiphoid process. Of these, the body of sternum which is the longest part is also called this - evoking the name of a flower or a Roman fighter.


  21. Bunion, usually caused by ill-fitting shoes, is the painful overgrowth of this bone.

    Big toe

  22. One of the most common injuries in the elderly commonly caused by falling onto a hard surface is the Colles' fracture that affects this body part.


  23. Though several groups used the torture punishment of kneecapping, it has come to be prominently associated with this group who used it in the 1970s and 80s.


  24. The predominant cause of rickets disease whose signs are bone deformity is the deficiency of this substance.

    Vitamin D

  25. Very common in fashion models is this facial feature that gives their face a desired symmetric shape.

    High cheekbones

  26. Name of the the u-shaped bone located at the root of the tongue and which is one of the few bones of the body that does not join directly to another bone.


  27. Tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscle to bone and is built to withstand tension.


  28. American artist who among others painted what she called the "Pelvis Series" of artworks in the 1940s.

    George O'Keeffe

  29. The bones in the fingers and the toes are called these. The singular of this word is also a mass military formation of the ancient Greeks.

    Phalanges (phalanx)

  30. Collective term for several different disorders that affect joints - the most common being osteo... common among the old and rheumatoid ..., that usually begins after age 40.


  31. By far the the most common orthopedic procedure is this operation in which this body part is replaced by a prosthetic implant.

    Hip joint

  32. The hip bone in essence consists of three separate bones - the ischium, the pubis, and this, which is also another name for the ancient city of Troy.


  33. Popular board game created by Whit Alexander and Richard Tait in 1998 that involves a variety of skills and has categories called Creative Cat, Data Head, Word Worm, and Star Performer.


  34. We have these many pairs of ribs, with the first seven pairs being called the true set.

    12 pairs (24 ribs)

  35. A baby is born with more than 300 bones but an adult ends up with this number.


  36. This type of joint of which the shoulder and hip are examples gives the widest range of movement.


  37. Anatomical feature/soft spots on a baby's head which, during birth, enable the bony plates of the skull to flex, allowing the child's head to pass through the birth canal.