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Ch 1: Overview of Anatomy and Cell Biology

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These lessons provide an overview of anatomy and cell biology. This chapter can help you earn continuing education credits, or you can use the lessons to memorize anatomy terms, study for a test, or simply to improve your grades.

Overview of Anatomy and Cell Biology - Chapter Summary

Those studying anatomy need to possess an understanding of the structure of living organisms and the human body. This chapter can help you gain that understanding, as these lessons cover an overview of anatomy and cell biology.

Each of these lessons has been carefully designed by our team of experts, who possess extensive experience in their fields of expertise. Our instructors make sure that you have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information about these biology topics. Furthermore, our instructors can answer any of your questions on these topics.

Once you finish reviewing information in this chapter, you will have the ability to:

  • Share details on epithelium, tissues, and multicellular organisms
  • Explain the structure, function, and layers of human skin
  • Outline the types, structure, and function of epithelial tissue
  • Identify anatomical directional terminology for different parts of the body
  • Understand diagrams that illustrate the anatomical planes of the human body

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Overview of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Multicellular Organisms, Tissues and Epithelium

1. Multicellular Organisms, Tissues and Epithelium

In this lesson on multicellular organisms, you'll take a look at what it actually means to be multicellular and how cells are organized into tissues, organs, and organ systems. This lesson also covers one of the four main tissue types: epithelial tissue.

Human Skin: Layers, Function & Structure

2. Human Skin: Layers, Function & Structure

This lesson will cover the three main layers of your skin, which includes the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis. In addition, we'll learn about other skin cells and tissue, such as adipose tissue, keratinocytes, melanocytes, and Merkel's cells.

What Is Epithelial Tissue? - Function, Types & Structure

3. What Is Epithelial Tissue? - Function, Types & Structure

This lesson will cover the different shapes and structures of epithelial tissue, including simple, columnar, cuboidal, stratified, transitional, squamous, and pseudostratified columnar epithelium.

Anatomical Directional Terminology: Anterior, Posterior and More

4. Anatomical Directional Terminology: Anterior, Posterior and More

Find out how to properly refer to the location of things at the front and back of a person as well as above or below a certain point on the body by learning the terms anterior, posterior, superior, and inferior.

Anatomical Directional Terminology: Limbs, Hands & Feet

5. Anatomical Directional Terminology: Limbs, Hands & Feet

In this lesson, you'll learn how we term the different sides of our feet and hands thanks to words like dorsal, plantar and palmar. You'll also learn how we name something that is near or far away from the trunk of our body thanks to words like proximal and distal.

Anatomical Directional Terminology: Lateral, Medial & More

6. Anatomical Directional Terminology: Lateral, Medial & More

Learn what it means to be on the same side as something else or on a different side altogether. In addition, find out what it means to be closer to or farther away from the middle of something as we explore the following terms: lateral, medial, ipsilateral, and contralateral.

Planes of the Human Body: Definition, Anatomy & Diagram

7. Planes of the Human Body: Definition, Anatomy & Diagram

Learn about the different ways in which your body can be divided or cut up for theoretical and practical purposes as we explore the sagittal plane, transverse plane and coronal plane.

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