We all know skeletons are synonymous with Halloween, but there’s no reason to be afraid! The skeletal system does so much more than just keeping your body upright — it even helps to make blood cells!
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Functions of the Skeletal System
Made up of 206 bones, the skeletal system’s functions include:
- Blood cell production
- Ion storage
- Endocrine regulation
Do you know what makes up a bone in your body? Working from the outside in, here is a breakdown of your bone composition:
- Periosteum – Outer surface, thin membrane containing nerves and blood vessels
- Compact bone – smooth and hard, under the periosteum
- Cancellous bone – inside compact bone, resembles a sponge
- Bone marrow – inside compact bone, makes blood cells, resembles a thick jelly
Check out our infographic to see why skeletons are nothing to be afraid of:
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