Tissues and Organs of the Skeletal System


When you have completed this section, you should be able to

  • name the tissues and organs that compose the skeletal system;
  • state several functions of the skeletal system;
  • describe four types of bones classified by shape;
  • describe the general features of a long bone; and
  • distinguish between bone as a tissue and as an organ.

The skeletal system is composed of bones, cartilages, and ligaments joined tightly to form a strong, flexible framework for the body. Cartilage, the forerunner of most bones

1 skelet = dried up

2 osteo = bone + logy = study of in embryonic and childhood development, covers many joint surfaces in the mature skeleton. Ligaments hold bones together at the joints and are discussed in chapter 9. Tendons are structurally similar to ligaments but attach muscle to bone; they are discussed with the muscular system in chapter 10.

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