The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to human anatomy:

Human anatomy – scientific study of the morphology of the adult human. It is subdivided into gross anatomy and microscopic anatomy. Gross anatomy (also called topographical anatomy, regional anatomy, or anthropotomy) is the study of anatomical structures that can be seen by unaided vision. Microscopic anatomy is the study of minute anatomical structures assisted with microscopes, and includes histology (the study of the organization of tissues), and cytology (the study of cells).

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, by Rembrandt; depicts an anatomy demonstration using a cadaver.

Essence of human anatomy

Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man (1492)

Branches of human anatomy

Anatomy of the human body

The following list of human anatomical structures is based on the Terminologia Anatomica, the international standard for anatomical nomenclature. While the order is standardized, the hierarchical relationships in the TA are somewhat vague, and thus are open to interpretation.

General anatomy


Front view of an adult human skeleton
Rear view of an adult human skeleton



Alimentary system

Human gastrointestinal tract

Respiratory system

Thoracic cavity

Thoracic cavity

The thoracic cavity is the chamber of the body of vertebrates that is protected by the thoracic wall. The central compartment of the thoracic cavity is the mediastinum.

Urinary system

Urinary system

Genital systems

Reproductive system

Abdominopelvic cavity

Abdominopelvic cavity

Endocrine glands

Endocrine system

Cardiovascular system

Cardiovascular system

Lymphoid system

Lymphatic system

Nervous system

Human nervous system

Sense organs

The integument

Integumentary system

History of human anatomy



See also

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