Long Bones

Human Skeleton
Human Skeleton

A long bone is one of the types of bones classified by shape.

Long bones are longer than they are wide
i.e. length > diameter.

They consist of a shaft - which is the main (long) part and a variable number of endings (extremities), depending on the joints formed at one or both ends of the long bone.
Long bones are usually somewhat curved - contributing to their mechanical strength.


Examples:




Clinical Orthopaedic Examination Practical Procedures in Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery: A Trainee's Companion (Paperback) by Peter V. Giannoudis and Hans-Christian Pape Bones and Joints: A Guide for Students Anatomy and Human Movement: Structure and function with PAGEBURST Access

See also books about orthopaedics.

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