appendicular skeleton


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appendicular skeleton

[‚ap·ən′dik·yə·lər ′skel·ə·tən]
(anatomy)
The bones of the pectoral and pelvic girdles and the paired appendages in vertebrates.
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7%) was achieved when experienced radiographers reported fractures of the appendicular skeleton in adults.
The appendicular skeleton of the horse consists of the forelegs and hind legs.
In other species, such as dogs, it can be found most frequently in the metaphyseal region of the appendicular skeleton but has also been reported in ribs, vertebrae, bones of the head, and rarely, in soft tissues.
Though the most common site of occurrence is around the knee joint, it can involve any part of appendicular skeleton.
Batson described the valveless venous plexus commonly thought to contribute to the spread of breast and prostate carcinoma to sites in the axial and appendicular skeleton.
The involvement of distal appendicular skeleton at presentation is very rare.
This lesion typically affects the appendicular skeleton in children but is found more axially in adolescents.
Radiographically, the appendicular skeleton revealed well defined trabeculae, no thinning of the cortices and sufficient mineralization to permit visualization of all components.