Skeletal System Notes - SKELETAL SYSTEM Overview: The...

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SKELETAL SYSTEM Overview: The skeletal system gives your body the shape and support The skeletal is the framework of bones that support the muscles and protect the inner organs Bones also serve as points to which the muscles attach and create body movement Inside some bones there is a soft tissue that makes new blood cells Bone Growth: At birth the skeletal system is soft and made mostly of cartilage. As a child grows bone tissues begins to replace the cartilage. At the end of long bones is a band of cartilage called the epiphysis, or growth plate, this is where cartilage will be replaced by bone tissue Soft spots on a newborn are areas of soft cartilage called fontanels. These allow the skull bones to move during childbirth. After birth the skull bones grow until the soft cartilage is completely replaced. The joints where the skull bones meet are called sutures. Some will close in 2 months but the ones at the top of your head can take a year. Breakage of Bones:
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