The adult human body is typically made up of 206 bones, although there are conditions that cause people to have more or fewer bones. The bones that make up the human skeleton are necessary to support and protect the vital organs as well as providing anchor points for muscles. There are many different bones in the human skeleton, from the very tiny to the largest. If you have ever wondered which is the largest bone in the body, continue reading to find out.
The largest and longest bone in the body
The largest and longest bone in the human body is the femur bone, which is located in the upper leg. The femur is also known as the “thigh bone” and is so long that one end forms part of the hip and the other a part of the knee. On average the femur is about 48 cm (18.9 inches) long and makes up about a quarter of a persons height. It is considered to be the strongest bone in the human body and would be able to support about 30 times the weight of an average adult.
Did you know?
The word femur comes from the Latin word for thigh.
Even though the femur bone is very strong it can break under extreme stress, such as a car accident for example. The recovery time for this type of injury is anywhere from 8-12 weeks.