Human body cavities

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The human body consists of the following body cavities:

Human body cavities and membranes
Name of cavityPrincipal contentsMembranous lining
Dorsal body cavityCranial cavityBrainMeninges
Vertebral canalSpinal cordMeninges
Ventral body cavityPericardial cavityHeartPericardium
Pleural cavity
Abdominopelvic cavityAbdominal cavityDigestive organs, spleen, kidneysPeritoneum
Pelvic cavityBladder, reproductive organsPeritoneum


  • Ehrlich, A.; Schroeder, C.L. (2009), "The Human Body in Health and Disease", Introduction to Medical Terminology (Second ed.), Independence, KY: Delmar Cengage Learning, pp. 21–36