I am so excited to take part in this, my second, A – Z Challenge! Last year I did the challenge using “recipes” as my inspiration. Well, this year I’m going to draw on my nursing background and use “parts of the human body” as my inspiration! Hmmm…a part of the body that starts with “Q”, “X” or “Z”….
It should be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets the Challenge!
When I worked in the Operating Room, Gynecology, was one of my favourite theatres to work in; so without further ado, “F” is for Fallopian Tube.
There are two Fallopian tubes that transport the egg from the ovary to the uterus (the womb).
The Fallopian tubes have small hair-like projections called cilia on the cells of the lining. These tubal cilia are essential to the movement of the egg through the tube into the uterus.
If the tubal cilia are damaged by infection, the egg may not get ‘pushed along’ normally but may stay in the tube.
Infection can also cause partial or complete blockage of the tube with scar tissue, physically preventing the egg from getting to the uterus.
“F” is also for:
face The anterior aspect of the head not supporting or covering the brain.
false vocal cords The supporting folds of tissue for the true vocal cords within the larynx.
fascia A tough sheet of fibrous tissue binding the skin to underlying muscles or supporting and separating muscles.
fetus A prenatal human after 8 weeks of development.
fibrin The insoluble protein formed from fibrinogen by the enzymatic action of thrombin during the process of blood clot formation.
fimbriae Fringelike extensions from the borders of the open end of the fallopian tube.
fontanel A membranous-covered region on the skull of a fetus or baby where ossification has not yet occurred; commonly called a soft spot.
foot The terminal portion of the lower extremity, consisting of the tarsal bones, metatarsal bones, and phalanges.
forearm The portion of the upper extremity between the elbow and the wrist; also called the antebrachium.
You can visit the McGraw-Hill Applied Biology Resource Center to discover many more parts of the human body that start with the letter “F”.