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Human Anatomy

Downloadable files for M1 students:

Human anatomy online; Anatomy Atlases; 3D Anatomy at Visible Body; Amazing facts at Bodyteen.com; EYE-lecture slides; Mnemonics for anatomy students

Medical Mnemonics

FACE Research

 Muscles, tendons and ligaments:

  1. The longest muscle in the body: the Sartorius muscle 
  2. The body's bulkiest muscle: the Gluteus maximus (the buttocks muscle)
  3. The muscle with the most surface area: the Latissimus dorsi muscle 
  4. The tiniest muscle: the Stapedius (1.25 mm; attached to the smallest bone in the body, the Stapes)
  5. The muscle with the longest tendon in the body: the Plantaris muscle 
  6. The thickest and strongest tendon in the body: the Achilles (Calcaneal) tendon
  7. The strongest ligament in the human body (with a tensile strength exceeding 350 kg): the Iliofemoral ligament
  8. Muscle with the longest name: Levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle
  9. The most commonly injured muscle among athletes: Adductor longus muscle


  1. The longest, the largest, and the strongest bone in the body: the Femur (the thigh bone)
  2. The smallest bone in the body: the Stapes (stirrup bone inside the eardrum)

Organs and glands:

  1. The largest, the heaviest (3.5 - 4.5 kg) and the widest organ: the Skin
  2. The largest and heaviest (1.6 kg) internal organ/gland: the Liver
  3. The smallest gland in the body: the Pituitary gland

Blood vessels:

  1. The largest and the longest artery in the body: the Aorta
  2. The samllest arteries in the body: the Arteriole
  3. The smallest blood vessel in the body: the Capillary. The smallest capillaries are in the brain.
  4. The largest vein in the body: the Vena cava
  5. The longest vein in the body: the Great saphenous vein
  6. The smallest veins in the body: the Venule


  1. The longest, largest and widest single nerve in the body: the Sciatic nerve
  2. The smallest of the cranial nerves: the Trochlear nerve (IV)
  3. The largest of the cranial nerves: the Trigeminal nerve (V)
  4. The cranial nerve that is the most commonly injured: the Facial nerve (VII)
  5. The most frequently injured peripheral nerve: the Common fibular nerve. Other names for this nerve: common peroneal nerve; external popliteal nerve; peroneal nerve; lateral popliteal nerve.




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