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Anatomy Mnemonics 2

Anatomy Mnemonics


  • BRACHIAL PLEXUS: Roots, Trunks, Divisions, Cords, Branches
    • Randy Travis Drinks Cold Beers.
    • Robert Taylor Drinks Cold Beer.
  • CRANIAL NERVES: I-optic, II-olfactory, III-oculomotor, IV-trochlear, V-trigeminal, VI-abducens, VII-facial, VIII-acoustic (vestibulocochlear), IX-glossophrayngeal, X-vagus, XI-spinal accessory, XII-hypoglossal
    • On Old Olympus Towering Tops, A Finn And German Viewed Some Hops
    • You have I nose. You have II eyes. (I - Olfactory; II -- Optic)
  • Innervation of Extraocularmotor Muscles:
    • LR6 (SO4) 3
      • LR6--Lateral rectus--> VI abductens
      • SO4--Superior Oblique--> IV Trochlear
      • 3--The remaining 4 eyeball movers = III
  • Some Say Marry Money, But My Brother Says Big Bras Matter More (what cranial nerve is Motor, Sensory, or Both)
  • BRANCHES OF FACIAL NERVE: Temporal, Zygomatic, Buccal, Masseteric, Cervical
    • Ten Zebras Bought My Car
    • To Zanzibar By Motor Car
    • c345 keeps the phrenic alive (innervation of phrenic nerve)
    • c345 keep the diaphragm alive (innervation of diaphragm)
    • c5-6-7 raise your arms to heaven (nerve roots of long thoracic nerve innervate serratus anterior)
    • The duck is between two gooses (duck = thoracic duct)
    • 2 gooses = azyGOUS and esophaGOUS
    • A lady between two majors.
      • Pectoralis major attaches to lateral lip of bicipital groove.
      • Teres major attaches to medial lip of bicipital groove.
      • Latissimus dorsi attaches to the floor of bicipital groove.
      • The "lati" is between two "majors."
    • Parasympathetic puts it up; sympathetic spurts it out
    • "S2, 3, 4 keep the penis off the floor"
      • Innervation of the penis by branches of the pudental nerve, derived from spinal cord levels S2-4
  • "Lateral is less, medial is more."
    • Lateral pectoral nerves goes through pectoralis major while medial p.n. goes though both pec major and minor
    • ABC'S
      • Aortic arch gives off the Bracheiocephalic trunk, the left Common Carotid, and the left Subclavian artery
    • "NAVEL"
    • nerve, artery, vein, empty space, lymphatics

Pterygoid muscles: function of lateral vs. medial

"Look at how your jaw ends up when saying first syllable of 'Lateral' or 'Medial' ":

"La": your jaw is now open, so Lateral opens mouth.

"Me": your jaw is still closed, so medial closes the mandible.

Supine vs. prone body position"Supine is on your spine.

Therefore, prone's the "other" one. · Also, prone to suffocate in prone position.

Meckel's diverticulum details

2 inches long. 2 feet from end of ileum. 2 times more common in men. 2% occurrence in population. 2 types of tissues may be present. · Note: "di-" means "two", so diverticulum is the thing with all the twos.

Perineal vs. peroneal

Perineal is in between the legs. Peroneal is on the leg.

Anterior forearm muscles: superficial groupThere are five, like five digits of your hand. Place your thumb into your palm, then lay that hand palm down on your other arm, as shown in diagram. Your 4 fingers now show distribution: spells PFPF [pass/fail, pass/fail]: Pronator teres Flexor carpi radialis Palmaris longus Flexor carpi ulnaris Your thumb below your 4 fingers shows the muscle which is deep to the other four: Flexor digitorum superficialis.  

Carpal tunnel syndrome causesMEDIAN TRAP: Myxoedema Edema premenstrually Diabetes Idiopathic Agromegaly Neoplasm Trauma Rheumatoid arthritis Amyloidosis Pregnancy · Mnemonic fits nicely since median nerve is trapped.

Lumbar plexus "I, I Get Laid On Fridays":

Iliohypogastric [L1]

Ilioinguinal [L1]

Genitofemoral [L1, L2]

Lateral femoral cutaneous [L2, L3]

Obtruator [L2, L3, L4]

Femoral [L2, L3, L4]

· Alternatively: "I twice Get Laid On Fridays". · Alternatively: "Interested In Getting Laid On Fridays?"

Elbow: muscles that flex itThree B's Bend the elBow: Brachialis Biceps Brachioradialis

Cavernous sinus contents O TOM CAT:

O TOM are lateral wall components, in order from superior to inferior. CA are the components within the sinus, from medial to lateral. CA ends at the level of T from O TOM. · See diagram.  Occulomotor nerve (III) Trochlear nerve (IV) Ophthalmic nerve (V1) Maxillary nerve (V2) Carotid artery Abducent nerve (VI) T: When written, connects to the T of OTOM.  

Bronchi: which one is more vertical"Inhale a bite, goes down the right": Inhaled objects more likely to lodge in right bronchus, since it is the one that is more vertical


Carotid sheath contents "I See 10 CC's in the IV":
I See (I.C.) = Internal Carotid artery
10 = CN 10 (Vagus nerve)
CC = Common Carotid artery
IV = Internal Jugular Vein


V3 innervated muscles "My A$$ Meets The Toilet":
Anterior digastric
Muscles of Mastication
Tensor veli palatini
Tensor tympani


Inferior vena cava tributaries "I Like To Rise So High":
Hepatic vein.
· Think of the IVC wanting to rise high up to the heart.


Spleen: dimensions, weight, surface anatomy "1,3,5,7,9,11":
Spleen dimensions are 1 inch x 3 inches x 5 inches.
Weight is 7 ounces.
It underlies ribs 9 through 11.


Heart valve sequence "Try Pulling My Aorta":


Liver: side with ligamentum venosum/ caudate lobe vs. side with quadrate lobe/ ligamentum teres "VC goes with VC":
The Venosum and Caudate is on same side as Vena Cava [posterior]. Therefore, quadrate and teres must be on anterior by default.
· See inferior-view diagram.


Cranial bones "PEST OF 6":
· The 6 just reminds that there's 6 of them to remember.

Thyroid: isthmus location "Rings 2,3,4 make the isthmus floor":
Isthmus overlies tracheal rings 2,3,4

Cervical plexus: arrangement of the important nerves "GLAST":
· 4 compass points: clockwise from north on the right side of neck:
Great auricular
Lesser occipital
Accessory nerve pops out between L and S
Transverse cervical
· See diagram.

Lumbar plexus roots "2 from 1, 2 from 2, 2 from 3":
2 nerves from 1 root: Ilioinguinal (L1), Iliohypogastric (L1).
2 nerves from 2 roots: Genitofemoral (L1,L2), Lateral Femoral (L2,L3).
2 nerves from 3 roots: Obturator (L2,L3,L4), Femoral (L2,L3,L4).



Joints in the midline "SC":
In medial line, below Second Cervical, joints are Secondary Cartilaginous and usually have a diSC.
· Notes: secondary cartilaginous is also known as symphysis. The one that doesn't have a disc is xiphi-sternal.


Anterior forearm muscles: superficial group "Pimps F*ck Prostitutes For Fun":
Pronator teres
Flexor carpi radialis
Palmaris longous
Flexor carpi ulnaris
Flexor digitorum superficialis


External carotid artery branches "Some Aggressive Lovers Find Odd Positions More Stimulating":
Superior thyroid
Ascending pharyngeal
Posterior auricular
Superficial temporal


Axillary artery branches "Screw The Lawyer Save A Patient":
Superior thoracic
Lateral thoracic
Anterior circumflex humeral
Posterior circumflex humeral


Descending abdominal aorta branches from diaphragm to iliacs "Prostitutes Cause Sagging Swollen Red Testicles [in men] Living In Sin":
Phrenic [inferior]
Superior mesenteric
Suprarenal [middle]
Testicular ["in men" only]
Inferior mesenteric


Inversion vs. eversion muscles in leg 

Second letter rule for inversion/eversion:
· Eversion muscles:
pErineus longus
pErineus brevis
pErineus terius
· Inversion muscles:
tIbialis anterior
tIbialis posterior

External carotid artery branches "Sister Lucy's Powdered Face Often Attracts Silly Medicos":
· Before entering the parotid gland:
Superior thyroid
Posterior auricular
Ascending pharyngeal
· Ends as:
Superficial temporal and
Maxillary bifurcating in the in the parotid gland


Spermatic cord contents "3 arteries, 3 nerves, 3 other things":
3 arteries: testicular, ductus deferens, cremasteric.
3 nerves: genital branch of the genitofemoral, cremasteric, autonomics.
3 other things: ductus deferens, pampiniform plexus, lymphatics.
· Note some argument about this: Moore doesn't put in cremasteric nerve, Lumley puts in inguinal...


Fibula vs. tibia: which is the bigger one People talk of telling just a "little white lie", or a "little fib":
Therefore, the fibula is smaller.
· Alternatively: TIBia is the Thicker Inner Bone.
· Alternatively: "Little lat FIB, big fat TIB".


Interossei muscles: actions of dorsal vs. palmar in hand "PAd and DAb":
The Palmar Adduct and the Dorsal Abduct.
· Use your hand to dab with a pad.


Thoracic duct: relation to azygous vein and esophagus "The duck between 2 gooses":
Thoracic duct (duck) is between 2 gooses, azygous and esophagus.


Lumbricals action Lumbrical action is to hold a pea, that is to flex the metacarpophalangeal joint and extend the interphalangeal joints. When look at hand in this position, can see this makes an "L" shape, since L is for Lumbrical.
Pectoral nerves: path of lateral vs. medial "Lateral Less, Medial More":
Lateral pectoral nerve only goes through Pectoralis major, but
Medial pectoral nerve goes though both Pectoralis major and minor.


Intrinsic muscles of hand (palmar surface) "A OF A OF A":
· Thenar, lateral to medial:
Abductor pollicis longus
Opponens pollicis
Flexor pollicis brevis
Adductor pollicis.
· Hypothenar, lateral to medial:
Opponens digiti minimi
Flexor digiti minimi
Abductor digiti minimi


Diaphragm innervation "3, 4, 5 keeps the diaphragm alive":
Diaphragm innervation is cervical roots 3, 4, and 5.


Femoral triangle: arrangement of contents NAVEL:
· From lateral hip towards medial navel:
Nerve (directly behind sheath)
Artery (within sheath)
Vein (within sheath)
Empty space (between vein and lymph)
Lymphatics (with deep inguinal node)
· Nerve/Artery/Vein are all called Femoral.


Lingual nerve course

The Lingual nerve
Took a curve
Around the Hyoglossus.
"Well I'll be f*#ked!"
Said Wharton's Duct,
"The bastard's gone and crossed us!"


External carotid artery branches

"Some Anatomists Like F*#king, Others Prefer S & M":
Superior thyroid
Ascending pharyngeal
Posterior auricular
Superficial temporal
· Alternatively: As She Lay Flat, Oscar's Passion Slowly Mounted".


Abdominal muscles

"Spare TIRE around their abdomen":
Transversus abdominis
Internal abdominal oblique
Rectus abdominis
External abdominal oblique


Bicipital groove: attachments of muscles near it

"The lady between two majors":
Teres major attaches to medial lip of groove.
Pectoralis major to lateral lip of groove.
Latissimus (Lady) is on floor of groove, between the 2 majors.


Carpal bones

"Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can't Handle":
· Proximal row then distal row, both lateral-to-medial:
· Alternatively: "Scared Lovers..."
· Alternatively: "Senior Lecturers...".


Bronchi: which is more vertical "Right on Red":
Many places allow making a right hand turn at a red light, if you first come to a complete stop.
A child swallowing a red penny is more likely to get it stopped down the right bronchus, since it is more vertical.


L4 landmark: 2 items "B4U" [before you]:
Bifurcation of aorta


Retroperitoneal structures list

Suprarenal glands
Aorta & IVC
Duodenum (half)
Colon (ascending & descending)
Esophagus (anterior & left covered)


External carotid artery branches "Some Aberdeen Ladies F#ck, Others Prefer Manual Stimulation":
· From inferior to superior:
Superior thyroid
Ascending pharyngeal
Posterior auricular
Superficial temporal


Superior mediastinum: contents

Phrenic nerve
Vagus nerve
Thoracic duct
Left recurrent laryngeal nerve (not the right)
Brachiocephalic veins
Aortic arch (and its 3 branches)
Lymph nodes


Retroperitoneal organs (major)

"AC/DC Rocker Kids Party Down":
Ascending Colon
Descending Colon


Bell's palsy: symptoms

BELL'S Palsy:
Blink reflex abnormal
Lacrimation [deficient, excess]
Loss of taste
Sudden onset
Palsy of VII nerve muscles
· All symptoms are unilateral.


Liver inferior markings showing right/left lobe vs. vascular divisions There's a Hepatic "H" on inferior of liver. One vertical stick of the H is the dividing line for anatomical right/left lobe and the other vertical stick is the divider for vascular halves. Stick that divides the liver into vascular halves is the one with vena cava impression (since vena cava carries blood, it's fortunate that it's the divider for blood halves).

Extraocular muscles cranial nerve innervation "LR6SO4 rest 3":
Lateral Rectus is 6th
Superior Oblique is 4th
rest are all 3rd cranial nerve


Femoral hernia: epidemiology

FEMoral hernias are more common in FEMales.


Obturator canal: relations of structures "Who's flying in the top of Obturator canal? Obviously Not A Vein!":


Thoracoacromial artery branches ABCD:
Breast (pectoral)


Diaphram aperatures: spinal levels "Come Enter the Abdomen:
Vena Cava [8]
Esophagus [10]
Aorta [12]


Cubital fossa contents

"My Bottoms Turned Red":
· From medial to lateral:
Median nerve
Brachial artery
Tendon of biceps
Radial nerve


Thyroids: relative sizes

Thyroid looks like a bra (see picture).
Breasts are bigger in women, so thyroid bigger in women.
Pregnant women have biggest breasts of all, so they have the biggest thyroids.

Navicular contacts 3 of 5 cuneiform bones

"Navicular is like the Navigator logo":
There are 3 things coming off each.
· See diagram.
Therefore, cuboid has to contact 2 of the 5.

Kidney hilums at transpyloric plane [L1] L-1 goes through hilum of only 1 kidney, and it’s the Left one.


Radial nerve: muscles supplied (simplified) "BEST muscles":


Superior orbital fissure: structures passing through "Lazy French Tarts Lie Naked In Anticipation Of Sex":
Lacrimal nerve
Frontal nerve
Trochlear nerve
Lateral nerve
Nasociliary nerve
Internal nerve
Abducens nerve
Ophthalmic veins
Sympathetic nerves


Cranial bones"Fraternity Parties Occasionally Teach Spam Etiquette": · The first two letters of each bone: Frontal Parietal Occipital Temporal Sphenoid Ethmoid

Internal iliac artery: posterior branchPILS: Posterior branch Iliolumbar Lateral sacral Superior gluteal

Foramen ovale contentsOVALE: Otic ganglion (just inferior) V3 cranial nerve Accessory meningeal artery Lesser petrosal nerve Emisary veins

Anatomical planes: coronal, horizontal, sagittal

Coronal: A classic painting/stained glass window of a saint/angel has a corona radiating around the person's head. The plane of the glass/page is cutting their head in the coronal plane. Horizontal: Someone coming over the horizon has their abdomen cut in the horizontal plane. Sagittal: the remaining one by default.  

Brachial plexus branches"My Aunt Raped My Uncle": · From lateral to medial: Musculocutaneous Axillary Radial Median Ulnar

Tibia vs. fibula: which is lateralThe FibuLA is LAteral.

Superior orbital fissure: structures passing through"Lonely Fat Teenage Virgins Rarely Like Swallowing And Never Ingest": Lacrimal nerve Frontal nerve Trochlear nerve Vein: ophthalmic Ring: tendinous · From the ring, arises: Lateral rectus Superior division III Abducent nerve Nasociliary nerve Inferior divison III

Brachial plexus: branches of posterior cordSTAR: Subscapular [upper and lower] Thoracodorsal Axillary Radial

Dermatome C6 location

Stick arm out like crucifixion stance. Curl your thumb and forefinger into an "OK" symbol while keeping your other fingers straight. Your hand should now look like a 6 shape. So C6 dermatome is your thumb and top of arm (reason for crucifix stance). · See diagram.  

Heart valves

"Toilet Paper My A$$": · From right to left: Tricuspid Pulmonic Mitral Aortic


Median nerve: hand muscles innervated "The LOAF muscles":
Lumbricals 1 and 2
Opponens pollicis
Abductor pollicis brevis
Flexor pollicis brevis
· Alternatively: LLOAF, with 2 L's, to recall there's 2 lumbricals.
· To remember that these are the Median nerve muscles, think "Meat LOAF".


Interossei muscles: number of palmars vs. dorsals "3 on the P, 4 on the Dor":
There are 3 Palmar, and 4 Dorsal interossei.


Carpal bones: trapezium vs. trapezoid location · Since there's two T's in carpal bone mnemonic sentences, need to know which T is where:
TrapeziUM is by the thUMB, TrapeziOID is inSIDE.
· Alternatively, TrapeziUM is by the thUMB, TrapezOID is by its SIDE.


Sperm pathway through male reproductive tract SEVEN UP:
Seminiferous tubules
Vas deferens
Ejaculatory duct


Ureter to ovarian/testicular artery relation "Water under the bridge":
The ureters (which carry water), are posterior to the ovarian/testicular artery.
· Clinically important, since a common surgical error is to cut ureter instead of ovarian artery when removing uterus.


Soleus vs. gastrocnemius muscle function "Stand on your Soles. Explosive gas":
You stand on soles of your shoes, so Soleus is for posture.
Gasoline is explosive, so Gastrocnemius is for explosive movement.


Serratus anterior: innervation and action "C5-6-7 raise your arms up to heaven":
Long thoracic nerve roots (567) innervate Serratus anterior.
· Test C567 roots clinically by ability to raise arm past 90 degrees.


Wrist: radial side vs. ulnar side Make a fist with your thumb up in the air and say "Rad!".
Your thumb is now pointing to your Radius.
· Note: 'Rad!' was a late 80's catchphrase, short for 'Radical'. Things that were good were called 'Rad'.

Medial malleolus:

order of tendons, artery, nerve behind it "Tom, Dick, And Nervous Harry":
· From anterior to posterior:
· Full names for these are: Tibialis Posterior, Flexor Digitorum Longus, Posterior Tibial Artery, Posterior Tibial Nerve, Flexor Hallicus Longus.
· Alternatively: "Tom, Dick ANd Harry".
· Alternatively: "Tom, Dick And Not Harry".

Hip posterior dislocation: most likely arrangement for one "Hitting the brake pedal before the accident":
You are sitting, so hip is flexed, and adducted and medially rotated so can move your foot away from the gas pedal over to the brake pedal.
· Note: car accidents are


Diaphragm apertures "3 holes, each with 3 things going through it":
Aortic hiatus: aorta, thoracic duct, azygous vein.
Esophageal hiatus: esophagus, vagal trunks, left gastric vessels.
Caval foramen: inferior vena cava, right phrenic nerve, lymph nodes.


Buttock quadrant safest for needle insertion "Shut up and butt out":
The Upper Outer quadrant of the Buttock safely avoids hitting sciatic nerve.


Superior thyroid artery branches "May I Softly Squeeze Charlie's Girl?":
Superior laryngeal


Deep tendon reflexes: root supply "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8":
S1-2: ankle
L3-4: knee
C5-6: biceps, supinator
C7-8: triceps


Vertebrae: recognizing a thoracic from lumbar Examine vertebral body shape:
Thoracic is heart-shaped body since your heart is in your thorax.
Lumbar is kidney-bean shaped since kidneys are in lumbar area.
· See diagram.

Cubital fossa contents MBBR:
· From medial to lateral:
Median nerve
Brachial artery
Biceps tendon
Radial nerve


Ear: bones of inner ear Take a Hammer: Malleus
Hit an Indian Elephant: Incus
It puts its foot in a stirrup: Stapes
· Describes the shape, and relative position (from out to in) of the inner ear bones.
· Alternatively: "Mailing Includes Stamps".

Popliteal fossa: muscles arrangement The two Semi's go together, Semimembranosus and Semitendonosus.
The Membranosus is Medial and since the two semis go together, Semitendonosus is also medial.
Therefore, Biceps Femoris has to be lateral.
Of the semi's, to remember which one is superficial: the Tendonosus is on Top.


CN VII innervated muscles (branchial arch 2 derivatives)

 "Imagine someone making the facial expression to say 'PSS...' ":
Facial expression muscles
Posterior belly of digastric


Carpal bones

"Scottish Lads Take Prostitutes To The Caledonian Hotel":
· Proximal row, then distal row:
· Alternatively: "Students Like Taking Prostitutes To The Carelton Hotel".

Bronchopulmonary segments of the left lung "Astute Anatomists Share Inside Secrets About Lungs":
Apicoposterior (S1+2)
Anterior (S3)
Superior (S4)
Inferior (S5)
Superior (S6)
Anteromedial basal (S7+8)
Lateral basal (S9)


Biceps brachii muscle: origins

"You walk shorter to a street corner. You ride longer on a superhighway.":
· Short head originates from coracoid process.
· Long head originates from the supraglenoid cavity.


Extrinsic muscles of tongue [for pro soccer fans] "Paris St. Germain's Hour":
· PSG is a French soccer team (foreign), hence extrinsic comes to mind.

Anteflexed vs. anteverted: what bodypart each describes "Anteflexed and Anteverted both bend toward Anterior".
· The "V" words go together: Verted is for the cerVix (therefore flexed must be uterus).

Lung lobe numbers: right vs. left Tricuspid heart valve and tri-lobed lung both on the right side.
Bicuspid and bi-lobed lung both on the left side.


Axillary artery branches "Send The Lord to Say A Prayer":
· From proximal to distal:
Superior thoracic
Lateral thoracic
Anterior circumflex humeral
Posterior circumflex humeral


Foramen spinosum: location on base of skull Foramen spinosum is adjacent to the spine of sphenoid.


Tonsils: The three types "PPL (people) have tonsils":


Palmaris longus: location, relative to wrist nerves "The Palmaris between two Palmars":
Palmaris longus is between the Palmar cutaneous branch of Ulnar nerve and Palmar cutaneous branch of Median nerve.

Hyoid bone: muscle attachments "Christ, He Didn't Screw Girls Much. That's Obvious, Stupid":
· The first sentence is for 6 muscles attaching superiorly, the second sentence is for 3 muscles attaching inferiorly.
· Both sentences are in order from lateral to medial:
Constricter (middle)



Lung lobes: segments of right middle lobe "ML=ML":
Segments of Middle Lobe are Medial & Lateral.


Female pelvic organs' blood supply "3 organs, each get 2 blood supplies":
Uterus: uterine, vaginal.
Rectum: middle rectal, inferior rectal [inferior rectal is the end of pudendal].
Bladder: superior vesical, inferior vesical.


Face muscles: large muscle groups' cranial innervation Mandibular nerve: Mastication.
Facial nerve: Facial expression.


Femoral triangle: arrangement of nerve, artery, vein VAN:
· From medial to lateral:
· Nerve/Artery/Vein are all called Femoral.


Cranial bones "Old Pygmies From Thailand Eat Skulls":
· Note: 'skull-eating pygmies' helps remind that mnemonic is for the skull.
· Alternatively: "Old People From Texas Eat Spiders".
· Alternatively: "Prostitutes Offer Free Sex To Everyone".


Psoas major: innervation If you hit L2, 3, 4
Psoas gets sore!


Ansa cervicalis nerves "GHost THought SOmeone STupid SHot Irene":
Superior Omohyoid
Inferior omohyoid


Leg: anterior muscles of leg "Tom's Hairy ANd Dirty Penis":
T: Tibialis anterior
H: extensor Hollicis longus
AN: anterior tibial Artery & deep fibular Nerve
D: extensor Digitorum longus
P: Peronius tertius [aka fibularis tertius]


Eye rotation by oblique muscles "I Love S&M":
Inferior oblique: Lateral eye rotation.
Superior oblique: Medial eye rotation.


Inversion vs. eversion direction in the foot Little INtroVERted boys roll their feet in when talking to girls.
Also, can just watch which way the sole of the foot goes: does it face in or out?
· See diagram.


Bowel components

"Dow Jones Industrial Average Closing Stock Report": · From proximal to distal: Duodenum Jejunum Ileum Appendix Colon Sigmoid Rectum · Alternatively: to include the cecum, "Dow Jones Industrial Climbing Average Closing Stock Report".

Ulnar nerve to ulnar artery and radial nerve to radial artery relationsThink "peripheral nerves": The ulnar nerve is "ulnar" to the ulnar artery. Radial nerve is "radial" to the radial artery.

Carpal bones

"Her C#nt's Too Tight So Lubricate The Penis": · Anticlockwise: Hamate Capate Trapezoid Trapezium Scaphoid Lunate Triquetral Pisiform

Oblique muscles: direction of externals vs. internals

"Hands in your pockets": When put hands in your pockets, fingers now lie on top of external obliques and fingers point their direction of fibers: down and towards midline. · Note: "oblique" tells that must be going at an angle. · Internal obliques are at right angles to external.

Murphy's point organ [for Irish]"Murphy was an Irishman (and Murphy is a classic Irish surname), and Ireland=green": Green organ in body is gallbladder, so Murphy's point is the gall bladder.

Duodenum: lengths of parts"Counting 1 to 4 but staggered": 1st part: 2 inches 2nd part: 3 inches 3rd part: 4 inches 4th part: 1 inch

Elbow: which side has common flexor originFM (as in FM Radio): Flexor Medial, so Common Flexor Origin is on the medial side.

Carpal bones

"She Licks Toms Prick; Her Cu*t's Too Tight": Scaphoid Lunate Triquetrum Pisiform Hamate Capitate Trapezoid Trapezium

Supination vs. pronation: which is more powerfulScrews were designed to be tightened well by majority of people. "Righty tighty": to tighten screws you turn to the right. Majority of people are right-handed. Turning right-hand to the right is supination.

Median and ulnar nerves: common featuresEach supply 1/2 of flexor digitorum profundus. Each supplies 2 lumbricals. Each has a palmar cutaneous nerve that pops off prematurely. Each supplies an eminence group of muscles [ulnar: hypothenar. median: thenar]. Each enters forearm through two heads [ulnar: heads of flexor carpi ulnaris. median: heads of pronator teres]. Each has no branches in upper arm. Each makes two fingers claw when cut at wrist. Each supplies a palmaris [median: palmaris longus. ulnar: palmaris brevis].


Bowel components "Dublin Sisters Ceramic Red Colored Jewelry Apparently Illegal":
· 2-4 letters of each component:

Thoracic duct: which half of upper body does it drain Know drains all of lower body, but was it the right or the left part of the upper body?
Answer: its Lymph from the Left of the upper body.

Mediastinums: posterior mediastinum structures

There are 4 birds:
The esophaGOOSE (esophagus)
The vaGOOSE nerve
The azyGOOSE vein
The thoracic DUCK (duct)

Maxillary artery branches

"DAM I AM Piss Drunk But Stupid Drunk I Prefer, Must Phone Alcoholics Anonymous":
Deep auricular
Anterior tympanic
Middle meningeal
Inferior alveolar
Accessory meningeal
Deep temporal
Descending palatine
Posterior superior alveolar
Middle superior alveolar
Anterior superior alveolar
Artery of the pterygoid canal


Ulna bone: quick recognition in oral exam The Ulnar bone has a "U" at the end where it goes over the trochlea.

Vetebrae subtypes "Certain Doctors Luv Saddling Coeds":
· From superior to inferior:


External carotid artery branches StApLE OPIS:
Superior thyroid
Ascending pharyngeal
External maxillary (facial)
Posterior auricular
Internal maxillary
Superficial temporal


Carpal bones "The boat sailed to the moon with 3 pEas in a rOw, at the wheel was Captain Hook":
· Carpal bones in order of occurrence:
Boat is scaphoid. Moon is lunate. 3 is triquetrum. Peas is pisiform (stressing the E sound for trapezium). Row is trapezoid (stressing the O for trapezOid). Captain is capitate. Hook is hamate (hamate has the hook).


Coelic trunk: branches Left Hand Side (LHS):
Left gastric artery
Hepatic artery
Splenic artery


Penis: spinal level innervation "S2, 3, 4 keep the penis off the floor":
· Alternatively: "S2, 3, 4 make a mess on the floor".
Penis innervated by pudendal nerve branches, derived from spinal cord levels S2-4.



Thoracic cage: relations to the important venous structures Behind the sternoclavicular joints: the brachiocephalic veins begin.
Behind the 1st costal cartilage on the right the superior vena cava begins.
Behind the 2nd costal cartilage on the right the azygos vein ends.
Behind the 3rd costal cartilage on the right the superior vena cava ends.


Lacrimal nerve course "Lacrimal's story of 8 L's":
Lacrimal nerve runs on Lateral wall of orbit above Lateral rectus, then Lets communicating branch join in, then supplies Lacrimal gland, then Leaves it and supplies Lateral upper eye Lid!


Saphenous veins: path of great vs. small at malleolus "MAGdelaine has varicose veins" [The saphenous veins are important for varicose veins]:
Medial maleolus, Anterior to maleolus, and Great saphenous go together.
Then the opposites of these go together: Small saphenous is posterior to the lateral maleolus.


Leino- definition "Leino" rhymes with "spleen-o":
Therefore leino- means something to do with the spleen.


Spermatic cord contents "Piles Don't Contribute To A Good Sex Life":
Pampiniform plexus
Ductus deferens
Cremasteric artery
Testicular artery
Artery of the ductus deferens
Genital branch of the genitofemoral nerve
Sympathetic nerve fibers
Lymphatic vessels


Brachial plexus organization "The Castrated Dog Turns Rabid":
· From lateral to medial:
Terminal branches


Lordosis vs. kyphosis Lordosis: Lumbar.
KYphosis is HY up on the spine.


Carpal bones "Happy Cat Tom Took Pie To Little Sister":

Plantarflexion vs. dorsiflexion Plantar flexion occurs when you squish a Plant with your foot.


Autonomics to the gut "The PARAsympathetics follow a rule of TWO" [pair = two]:
· The vagus does the top, the sacral splanchnics the outflow tract.
"The sympathetics follow a rule of threes":
· Greater, lesser, least splanchnic nerves go to the celiac,superior and inferior mesenteric ganglion.



Adductor magnus innervation "AM SO!":
Adductor Magnus innervated by Sciatic and Obturator.

Carpal tunnel syndrome: causes TRAMP:
Trauma (occupational)
Rheumatiod arthritis
· Alternatively: ARMPIT to include Idiopathic.


Musculocutaneous nerve: muscles innervated BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation):
Biceps brachii


Descending abdominal aorta: seven divisions "Sometimes Intestines Get Really Stretched Causing Leakage":
Suprarenals [paired]
Inferior mesenteric
Gonadal [paired]
Renals [paired]
Superior mesenteric
Lumbar [paired]


Menisci attachments in knee "Each meniscus has something attached to it":
The medial meniscus has the medial collateral ligament.
The lateral meniscus is attached to the popliteal muscle.


Carpel bones "So Long To Pinky, Here Comes The Thumb":
· Proximal row, lateral-to-medial, then distal row, medial-to-medial:

Cruciate ligaments: insertions PAMS APPLES:
Posterior [passes] Anterior [inserts] Medially.
Anterior [passes] Posteriorly [inserts] Laterally.

Sperm: path through male reproductive system "My boyfriend's name is STEVE":
Seminiferous Tubules
Vas deferens
Ejaculatory duct


Femoral artery deep branches "Put My Leg Down Please":
Profundus femoris (deep femoral artery)
Medial circumflex femoral artery
Lateral circumflex femoral artery
Descending genicular arteries
Perforating arteries


Lower limb peripheral nerve injurys "Drop into a DEeP PIT and shuffle your way out":
Foot Drop results from Dorsiflexors and Evertors paralysis, due to common Peroneal nerve lesion.
Plantarflexion and Inversion impairment due to Tibial nerve lesion, results in a shuffling gait.


Supination vs. pronation "SOUPination": Supination is to turn your arm palm up, as if you are holding a bowl of soup.
"POUR-nation": Pronation is to turn your arm with the palm down, as if you are pouring out whatever is your bowl.
· Alternatively, Pronation donation: Pronation is palm facing downward, as if making a donation.


Subclavian artery branches "Very Tired Individuals Sip Strong Coffee Served Daily":
Vertebral artery
Thyrocervical trunk
---Inferior thyroid
---Superficial cervical
---Superior intercostal
---Deep cervical


Scalp: nerve supply GLASS:
Greater occipital/ Greater auricular
Lesser occipital


Tibia: muscles of pes anserinus (the muscles attached to tibia's medial side) "A Girl between Two Sargeants":
Gracilus is between
Sartorius and


Rib costal groove: order of intercostal blood vessels and nerve VAN:
· From superior to inferior:


Internal pudendal branches "I Pee Pee But Don't Dump!":
Inferior rectal
Posterior scrotal (or labial)
Deep artery
Dorsal artery


Spinal cord: length in vertebral column SCULL:
Spinal Cord Until L2 (LL).

Erector spinae muscles: order Spinalis is on the spine (most medial).
Iliocostalis is on the ribs (most lateral).
And it's a Long (Longissimus) way between the spine and the ribs!


Portal-systemic anastomoses: main 2 places that retroperitoneals connect into systemic RetroPeritoneals hook up with Renal and Paravertebral veins.

Carpum and tarsum "SCIT":
(Artum) Superior Carpum
(Artum) Inferior Tarsum



Brachial artery: recurrent and collateral branches "I Am Pretty Sexy"
Inferior ulnar collateral artery goes with Anterior ulnar recurrent artery.
Posterior ulnar recurrent artery goes with Superior ulnar collateral artery.
· Alternatively: "I Am Pretty Smart".


Orbit: bones of medial wall "My Little Eye Sits in the orbit":
Maxilla (frontal process)
Sphenoid (body)


Facial nerve branches "Two Zombies Buggered My Cat":
· From superior to inferior:
Temporal branch
Zygomatic branch
Buccal branch
Mandibular branch
Cervical branch
· Alternatively: "Two Zulus Bit My Cat".
· Alternatively: "Two Zebras Bit My Coccyx".
· Alternatively: "To Zanzibar By Motor Car".
· Alternatively: "Tall Zulus Bear Many Children".


Cartilage derivatives of 1st pharyngeal arch (mandibular) "I'M A Super Sexy Guy" (or Girl):
Anterior ligament of malleus
Spine of sphenoid
Sphenomandibular ligament
Genial tubercle of mandible


Facial nerve: branches after Stylomastoid foramen "Ten Zulus Buggered My Cat (Painfully)":
· From superior to inferior:
Temporal branch
Zygomatic branch
Buccal branch
Mandibular branch
Cervical branch
(Posterior auricular nerve)
· Alternatively: "PAssing Through Zanzibar By Motor Car" (PA for Posterior Auricular).
Sperm pathway through male reproductive tract "STaRT DEEP--VD!":
· Sperm duct system progression, from smallest to largest:
ST: Seminiferous Tubules
RT: Rete Testes
DE: Ductus Efferentes
EP: Epididymis
VD: Vas Deferens


Superior orbital fissure: structures passing through "Live Free To See Absolutely No Insult":
Lacrimal nerve
Frontal nerve
Trochlear nerve
Superior branch of oculomotor nerve
Abducent nerve
Nasociliary nerve
Inferior branch of oculomotor nerve

Vertebrae: number of facets a typical thoracic has Typical Thoracic has Ten facets.


External carotid artery branches "So Long For Acting Old Parenting Means Stability":
Superior thyroid
Ascending pharyngeal
Posterior auricular
Superficial temporal


Horner's syndrome components "HORNy PAM"
· Horner's is:



Superior mediastinum contents "BATS & TENT":
Brachiocephalic veins
Arch of aorta
Superior vena cava
Nerves (vagus & phrenic)
Thoracic duct


Scrotum layers "Some Days Eddie Can Irritate People Very Thourougly":
Dartos layer
External spermatic fascia
Cremaster muscle
Internal spermatic fascia
Parietal tunica vaginalis
Visceral tunica vaginalis
Tunica albuginea


External carotid artery branches "Sally Ate Lots Of Fresh Produce March Through September":
Superior thyroid
Ascending laryngeal
Occipital (O before F is an extremely common variation)
Posterior auricular
Transverse facial
Superficial temporal


Cubital fossa contents "Really Need Booze To Be At My Nicest":
· From lateral to medial:
Radial Nerve
Biceps Tendon
Brachial Artery
Median Nerve

Cricoarytenoids: abductor vs. adductor When aliens abduct you, they Probe you.
Posterior cricoarytenoids abduct. Lateral therefore is adduct by default.


Extensor expansion location in the hand The eXtensor eXpansion is on the proXimal phalynX.


Carpal bone having the hook The Hamate has the Hook.

External carotid artery branches "She Lay Flaccid As Olaf's Penis Slipped In":
· From caudal to cephalad:
Superior thyroid
Ascending pharyngeal
Posterior auricular
Superficial temporal
(Internal) maxillary


Brachial artery is medial to biceps tendon "BAMBI":
Brachial Artery is Medial to Biceps In elbow.

Ossification ages "Every Potential Anatomist Should Know When"
· When they ossify, in order of increasing year:
Elbow: 16 years
Pelvis, Ankle: 17 years
Shoulder, Knee: 18 years
Wrist: 19 years



Carpal bones (multangular names) "Never Lower Tillie's Pants. Mother May Come Home.":
greater Multangular (trapezium)
lesser Multangular (trapezoid)


V3: sensory branches "Buccaneers Are Inferior Linguists":
Inferior alveolar

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