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ALPHABETICAL INDEX
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TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
LINKS TO THE VIRTUAL HUMAN BODY
habenular commissure
Fibrous band connecting the two parts of the habenula (cord of white matter arising from the epiphysis).

hairs of head
Filaments covering the head and especially protecting the skin of the skull; their appearance and color vary depending on the individual and age.

hamate bone
Bone of the lower row of the carpus, articulating with the fourth and fifth metacarpals.

hand
Terminal part of the upper limb, having a tactile and prehensile function.

hard palate
Bony separation between the buccal and nasal cavity, extended by the soft palate.

head
Upper part of the body, supported by the neck and containing the main sensory organs and the brain.

head of femur
Upper extremity of the femur, articulating with the acetabulum of the iliac bone to form the hip joint.

head of fibula
Upper extremity of the fibula.

head of humerus
Rounded extremity of the humerus, articulating with the glenoid cavity of the scapula at the shoulder.

head of radius
Upper extremity of the radius, articulating with the humerus and ulna.

head of ulna
Lower extremity of the ulna, articulating with the radius and wrist.

heart
Muscular organ divided into four chambers whose autonomous rhythmic contractions cause blood to circulate throughout the body.

heel
Hind part of the foot, corresponding to the calcaneus.

helix
Fold of the pinna.

hemiazygos vein
Vein receiving the lower left intercostal veins before emptying into the azygos vein.

hepatic veins
Veins (3) collecting blood from the liver and emptying it into the inferior vena cava.

hilum of spleen
Narrow vertical surface comprising the entry point of the splenic vessels and nerves.

hip
Joint connecting the thigh with the pelvis.

horizontal fissure of right lung
Fissure dividing the superior and middle lobes of the right lung.

humerus
Long, very large, paired bone forming the skeleton of the arm, between the shoulder and elbow joints.

hymen
Fine perforated membrane formed by a fold of the vaginal mucous membrane, separating the vagina from the vulva.

hyoepiglottic ligament
Medial ligament connecting the hyoid bone and epiglottis.

hyoid bone
Unpaired bone supporting the larynx and serving as an insertion for several muscles of the tongue, pharynx and larynx.

hypoglossal nerve
Cranial nerve, mainly motor, controlling the movements of the tongue to enable swallowing, chewing and talking.

hypothalamus
All the small formations of gray matter located beneath the thalamus, controlling the hormonal secretions of the hypophysis and the activity of the autonomic nervous system.