What is the "trunk" of the body?

Trunk or torso is an anatomical term for the central part of the human body from which extend the neck and limbs. The trunk includes the thorax and abdomen.

  • The trunk (torso) is the central part of the body. The head and the limbs are attached to the trunk of the body.
  • Except for the brain, the trunk houses all the vital organs of the human body.

The torso or trunk muscles attach to the skeletal core of the trunk, and depending on their location are divided into two large groups:

  • anterolateral muscles of the trunk
  • posterior muscles of the trunk

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