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Bone Markings / Features on Bones

Bone markings and the features of bones (including the correct words used to describe them) are often required by first-level courses in human anatomy and associated health science subjects. It is important to be familiar with the terminology used to refer to bone markings in order to communicate effectively with professionals involved in healthcare, research, forensics, and related disciplines.

The following terms used to describe bone markings or features on bones are in alphabetical order with short definitions:

Word / Term

Meaning / Description

Type of bone marking

Example(s)

1.

Angle

2.

Body

3.

Condyle

4.

Crest

5.

Diaphysis

6.

Epicondyle

7.

Epiphysis

8.

Facet

9.

Fissure

10.

Foramen
(pl. foramina)

11.

Fossa
(pl. fossae)

12.

Head

13.

Line

14.

Margin

15.

Meatus
(pl. meati)

16.

Neck

17.

Notch

18.

Process

19.

Ramus
(pl. rami)

20.

Sinus

21.

Spine or
Spinous process

22.

Sulcus
(pl. sulci)

23.

Trochanter

24.

Tuberosity

25.

Tubercle

This is the end of this page about bone markings and the features on bones. See also how many bones in the human body, the structure and functions of bones, cranial and facial bones, bones of the feet and hands and skeletal disorders.

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