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Body Cavities

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Ventral Body Cavity

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Composed of the superior thoracic cavity, and inferior abdominopelvic cavity. The dome-shaped diaphragm separates the two.

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Thoracic Cavity

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Separated from the rest of the ventral cavity by the diaphragm; contains the heart and lungs.

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Pericardial Cavity

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Located within the thoracic cavity; contains the heart.

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Pleural Cavity

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Located within the thoracic cavity; contains the lungs.

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Abdominopelvic Cavity

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Located within the ventral body cavity, inferior to the diaphragm. Sometimes separated into two areas: abdominal cavity and pelvic cavity

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Abdominal Cavity

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The area that houses the stomach, intestines, liver, and other organs.

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Pelvic Cavity

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The region that is partially enclosed by the bony pelvis and contains the reproductive organs, bladder, and rectum.

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Dorsal Body Cavity

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Subdivided into the cranial and vertebral cavity

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Cranial Cavity

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Lies within the rigid skull and encases the brain

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Vertebral (Spinal) Cavity

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Runs through the bony vertebral column to enclose the delicate spinal cord

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Nasal Cavity

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Located within and posterior to the nose; part of the passages of the respiratory system.

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Oral Cavity

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Commonly called the mouth; contains the tongue and teeth.

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Orbital Cavity

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House the eyes and present them in an anterior position.

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Middle Ear Cavity

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Lies jus medial to an eardrum and is cared into the bony skull. Contains tiny bones that transmit sound vibrations to the hearing receptors in the inner ears.

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Synovial Cavity

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Joint cavities - they are enclosed within fibrous capsules that surround the freely movable joints of the body, such as those between the vertebrae, knee, and hip joints.


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