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Wax plaque showing a dissected female figure, Europe, 1801-1830

The female figure in this plaque had been dissected to show the kidneys, uterus and the blood vessels that supply the lower part of the body with blood.

Object number:

A600051 Pt5

 

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Glossary: anatomy

A branch of medical science concerned with the structure of living organisms.

Glossary: plaque

An ornamental tablet of metal, porcelain etc that depicts a person, scene or inscription. Often fixed to a building in commemoration of a person or notable historical occurence.

Glossary: uterus

The hollow reproductive organ in female mammals. The uterus is where the foetus develops after conception. The word 'womb' is often used among non-medical people to refer to the same area.

Glossary: dissection

The cutting apart and separation of body tissues for the purposes of critical examination. Dissection of corpses is often carried out for the study of anatomy.