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Skeleton (posterior view)

Skeleton (posterior view)

Overview

The skeleton consists of groups of bones which protect and move the body.

Update Date 5/9/2015

Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.