Quiz: Do You Know Where Body Parts, Like the Spleen, Are Located?

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Lancaster University
Lancaster University

Most of us are hard-pressed to correctly identify where even the most common body parts are located, according to a 2017 study by Lancaster Medical School in England. The researchers asked participants to tell them where a number of parts such as the spleen, liver, thyroid and quadriceps were on a blank template of the human body. The only structure everyone got correctly was the brain. Think you can do better? Take this quiz and find out!

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QUESTION 1 OF 10

If you're using your cornea, what are you doing?
smelling
talking
seeing
The outermost layer of the eye, the cornea was the second-most identified structure by survey respondents (tied with biceps). All parts of the eyes are important, but this particular piece is a major force in helping you focus.

QUESTION 2 OF 10

Where are the adrenal glands located?
on top of the kidneys
Only 15 percent of study participants knew that the adrenal glands, which regulate hormones like adrenaline and hydrocortisone, are located on top of the kidneys. Most believed them to be in the neck area!
in the neck
In the groin area

QUESTION 3 OF 10

A person who feels gallbladder pain would experience it where?
in the intestines
upper right section of the abdomen
Just one-quarter of respondents identified the gallbladder correctly as being in the upper right section of the abdomen, under the liver.
lower left section of the abdomen

QUESTION 4 OF 10

A pulled hamstring affects which body part?
neck
arm
leg
Athletes who sprint a lot most commonly experience pulled or strained hamstrings, which involves injury to one or more muscles found in the back of the thigh.

QUESTION 5 OF 10

Where is the human spleen located?
under the ribcage, above the stomach
Only 20 percent of those surveyed knew that the spleen, which acts as a blood filter and keeps infection at bay, is located in the upper left quadrant of the abdomen, above the stomach and behind the ribcage.
between the kidneys
next to the liver

QUESTION 6 OF 10

Your diaphragm helps you breathe (respirate). Where's it located?
under your collarbone
halfway down the chest behind the breasts
The diaphragm is one of the body parts that helps with breathing, but is also an important part of actions like vomiting, sneezing and coughing.
in your nasal cavity

QUESTION 7 OF 10

Which organ is in front of the pancreas?
liver
kidneys
stomach
At 6 inches (15 centimeters) long, the pancreas is located behind the stomach across the back of the abdomen.

QUESTION 8 OF 10

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that secretes important hormones. Where is it?
in front of the neck
When the thyroid is enlarged, it can actually be seen and/or felt. Some causes include Graves' disease, thyroiditis and goiter.
next to your brain
near the reproductive organs

QUESTION 9 OF 10

If you're doing tricep dips at the gym, which part of the arm are you working?
the forearm
the back part of the upper arm
Not to be confused with the bicep, which is the big muscle on the front part of the arm, the tricep runs between the shoulder and elbow, along the back side of the upper arm.
the part of your arm below your elbow

QUESTION 10 OF 10

Your appendix has to come out! From where will the doctor be taking out this organ?
from your stomach
from your colon
The appendix is a pouch attached to the end of your colon. However, most people first experience appendicitis pain in their abdomen.
from one of your kidneys

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