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6 Real Names Of Body Parts Most Of Us Are Unaware Of

Even though we know the names of primary body parts, we are still unaware of many of them. Here in this article are some names of common body parts you need to know about.

We get it; you learned about the human body when you were younger and have no desire to refresh your memory. But, even though we’re familiar with the names of many of the body’s structures, we could be taken aback to hear a different term used for an unfamiliar portion. For example, did you know there’s a word for the area under your arm? Axilla is the correct phrase, although we rarely use it since “armpit” is widely known and understood. So, there you have it. We’ve included some more of the less-common names for body parts in this article. Have a look to broaden your vocabulary!

Glabella

And here you thought glabella was just a pretty flower! Right above your nose bridge is where your frontal bone protrudes before it flattens. Its Latin name, glabellus, implies “smooth,” although it has a few hairs!

Philtrum

The philtrum seems to be a depression that extends vertically from the tip of the nose to the tubercle in the middle of the upper lip. This is why many animals have a more developed sense of smell than humans.

Eponychium

Located near the nail’s bed, the eponychium is just a layer of live cells that acts as a barrier against infection. Contrary to common assumption, the eponychium and cuticle are distinct structures. The cuticle is composed of dead cells, unlike the living eponychium. Because of the risk of infection, the eponychium shouldn’t be removed, although the cuticle is removed during a manicure.

Frenulum

The frenulum is a tissue fold that limits the range of motion of an organ. Similar organs have been identified in many other parts of the body. The mouth, intestines, brain, and genitalia are all potential places for this tissue formation.

Lunula

The lunula is a little white protrusion seen just under the nail. This structure is highly fragile. The nail will never grow back correctly if it becomes broken or damaged.

Tragus

You probably picked up this term from a piercing expert, seeing how studs are increasingly worn in the tragus. The tragus is a small, pointed projection that sits on the outer ear just above the ear canal. This phrase can also describe the hair that grows down the back of your scalp. For example, the Greek term “tragos” was used to describe a goat because it resembled a beard.

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Indrani Karmakar from Siliguri is a writer and artist. After graduating in Political science, she broadened her horizons and dived into the world of creativity. She loves adding humour and innovation to everything in and around her. When she is not working, you will find her collecting oddly shaped pebbles, doodling, crafting, and if you are really lucky- you can even catch her humming!
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