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Body Cavities- axial

Major body cavities within the axial portion of the body- dorsal and ventral

Dorsal body cavity protects fragile nervous system organs 2 subdivisions
Cranial Cavity in the skull, encases the brain; part of the dorsal cavity
Vertebral aka Spinal Cavity runs within the bony vertebral column, encloses the spinal cord; part of the dorsal cavity
Ventral body cavity the more anterior and larger of the closed body cavities, houses internal organs 2 subdivisions
Viscera internal organs (collectively)
Thoracic Cavity surrounded by the ribs and muscles of the chest; subdivided into two other parts
Pleural Cavities each housing a lung; part of the thoracic cavity
Mediastinum contains the pericardial cavity and also surrounds the remaining thoracic organs; esophagus, trachea, etc
Pericardial Cavity encloses the heart
Abdominopelvic Cavity separated from the thoracic cavity by the diaphragm; two parts abdominal and pelvic cavities
Abdominal Cavity contains the stomach, intestines, spleen, liver, and other organs
Pelvic Cavity lies in the bony pelvis; contains the bladder, some reproductive organs, and the rectum
Created by: nikkichic214



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