Explain the functions of the skeleton in relation to its structures.

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While most people think of the skeleton as being simply "what holds you up," it has several features that are a bit more complex than this.

  1. The skeleton provides a strong yet flexible framework upon which the rest of the body is built. This is primarily accomplished by virtue of the skeleton being a hybrid of organic and inorganic material; specifically, bone contains the mineral hydroxyapatite, formed into a matrix with cells interspersed throughout. The hydroxyapatite is strong, but it...

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