Short bone

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Short bone
Latin os breve
TA A02.0.00.012
FMA FMA:7475
Anatomical terms of bone

Short bones are designated as those bones that are as wide as they are long. Their primary function is to provide support and stability with little to no movement. They are one of five types of bones: long, short, flat, irregular and sesamoid. Examples of these bones include the tarsals in the foot and the carpels in the hand.


This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.