Human body

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Physical Features of the Human Body


The human body is the entire physical structure of a human organism. The human body consists of a head, neck, torso, two arms and two legs. The average height of an adult human is about 1.6 m (5 to 6 feet) tall. This size is largely determined by genes. Body type and body composition are influenced by postnatal factors such as diet and exercise.

The human body is often called a "body". The body of a dead person is called a "corpse" or "cadaver".

The human body consists of systems, organs, tissues and cells. Human anatomy studies structures and systems of the human body. The study of the workings of the human body is called physiology. Ecology focuses on the distribution and abundance of the bodies and how the distribution and abundance are affected by interactions between bodies and its environment.

Combination of individual atoms, molecules, polypeptides, cells in human body, is a source of emergence.

Social psychology

The human body can be used for communication. Many people, consciously or unconsciously, send and receive non-verbal signals all the time. Body language forms part of paralanguage.

See also

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