HERE ARE A FEW FACTS, (mostly estimations, because they can vary), that you may not have thought of.

BONES

Your thigh is longer than your leg. That is because the Femur (thigh bone) is about 19 inches long in the average adult.  And the femur (leg bone) is about 16 inches long. These are the longest bones in the human body.

The smallest bone in the human body is one of the 3 bones in the middle ear (called the stirrup) It is part of the system that takes sound waves to the brain, and is less than 1/10 of an inch long.

ORGANS

Human Body. Fearfully and wonderfully made.

Human Body. Fearfully and wonderfully made.

A gland is a subset of organs in the body.  Glands are special organs that make and secrete hormones, enzymes and other vital substances. There are about 75 different organs in the body.

The largest organ in the body is the skin. It is an organ because it carries out specific functions. The average adult has about 21 square feet of skin which would weigh between 6 and 7 pounds in an average adult.

The smallest organ in the human body is the pineal gland, which is located l between lobes of brain. It got its name because it is shaped like a pine cone (pineal). This tiny organ is by no means useless. I would venture to say you would go crazy without it.

The largest organ inside the body is the liver. It is about a 3and 1/2 pounds, and serves such vital roles that it has the ability to replenish itself.

GENERAL

The longest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve. It runs from the spinal cord through the thigh and foot.

The average adult small intestine is about 23 feet long, as opposed to large intestine which is about 5 feet long.

The average adult carries 7 to 10 pints of BLOOD. This varies slightly according to body mass, and men have more than women.

The body mass of a baby is mostly water. Water accounts for about 75% to 78% in babies. In an average adult, water constitutes about 50% to 65%.

Hair and nails are formed from dead protein cells. Keratin is bonded tightly together to form these structures. Your hair is about 90% keratin.

There are approximately 1,000,000 pores in every square inch of human skin.

Did anything here surprise you? How well did you know your body?

Leave a comment below and let me know what you found to be fascinating.

 

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