Skeletal System This information will help you find out how the skeletal system supports, protects and maintains our bodies.

Names of Bones
Each bone has a special name. We usually say their common names like the kneecap, shin bone, collarbone, etc... Let's learn the scientific names that a nurse, doctor or scientist might use. The chart below provides both the common name and the real name of different bones in our body. Below you will find a diagram of the skeleton. You can use the diagram to locate many of the bones in your body.

Common Name
Scientific Name
skull
cranium
jawbone
mandible
collarbone
clavicle
shoulder blade
scapula
breast bone
sternum
funny bone
humerus
spine
vertebrae
hips
pelvis
wrist
carpals
hip
pelvis
thigh bone
femur
kneecap
patella
shin bone
tibia
ankle
tarsals
After you have taken a few minutes to study the scientific names of some of your bones you can try a
quiz to see how many you remember.

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