Can you name the organ from a description of its function?

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About This Quiz

You spend all day sitting in a sack of guts. But do you have any idea what any of your organs really do? Take our organ quiz and find out if you know your heart from your hemorrhoids!

Which organ is critical to respiration or breathing?

The lungs are two of your most important organs, providing a means for breathing. Healthy lungs are vital to your quality of life, and if you disagree, ask a smoker how fast he or she can run.

Which organ helps you manipulate that delicious pizza so that you can swallow it?

Your tongue is loaded with taste buds that help you identify delicious foods. It's also a muscle that wrestles with that huge mouthful of pizza so that you can actually swallow it.

The ____ is part of the brain and, through the highway that is the pituitary gland, connects to the endocrine system and controls many hormonal processes.

The hypothalamus is important to your body's hormonal functions. It's only about the size of an almond, but when it doesn't work quite right, the body can go haywire.

The _____ stores the bile that the liver produces.

The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver. It stores that bile until it's needed for digestive purposes in the small intestine.

Which organ is a gland that's very important for removing toxins from your body?

The all-important liver has a number of vital jobs, such as removing toxins from your body. The liver also helps to break down fats and create energy.

Which organ is hollow and helps to digest the foods that you eat?

The stomach is your body's food depot, breaking down Twinkies and Doritos into chemicals that your other organs use to perform their jobs.

It's the royalty of the nervous system, and it helps you pass (you hope) those surprise math quizzes. Which organ is it?

The brain is the king and queen of the nervous system, controlling and coordinating many of the body's functions. It also helps you, you know, think.

Which organ is found throughout the body and is a big part of your immune system?

The lymph nodes are small lumps (shaped like kidneys) found throughout the body, and they generate multiple types of white blood cells. White blood cells are your body's weapons against invaders and infections.

Which digestive organ sits between the large intestine and stomach?

The small intestine resides between the stomach and large intestine. It's one of the primary ways that your body absorbs nutrients from food.

Which organ is used to penetrate a female's vagina during sexual intercourse?

When engorged with blood, the male penis is used to penetrate a female vagina and then deliver sperm. The end result is, quite possibly, a baby.

Which organ pumps blood throughout the body?

We're going to hope you got this one correct, or you definitely need to brush up on your human anatomy. The heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body's circulatory system.

Which organ is found in pairs and produces the eggs necessary for sexual reproduction?

As so many teenagers have learned, a fully developed brain is not necessary for sexual reproduction. The ovaries, however, are critical. They produce and then release eggs over the course of a woman's life.

Which sensory organ is vital in detecting odors?

The human nose is a marvel of smell detection. But in the animal world, it's scent-detecting power is many times less than that of many creatures, such as dogs and bears.

The ____ separates the thoracic cavity from the abdominal cavity and also helps you breathe.

The diaphragm is a thin layer of muscle that separates the thoracic and abdominal cavities. And when it contracts, it increases the volume of the thoracic cavity, pulling air into your lungs so that you can breathe.

In males, which organs are responsible for producing sperm?

The testes, or testicles, are important in the creation of sperm. Without testicles, the future of the human race is in serious doubt.

Which bean-shaped organs filter the blood, and as a result, create urine?

The kidneys filter nasty gunk out of your blood. Some of that gunk winds up in your urine so that you can quickly pee the toxins out of your body.

Which hollow organ stores urine that's been processed by your kidneys?

Your pee's gotta go somewhere, and that somewhere is your bladder. When your bladder is overflowing, the saying goes, it'll feel like your eyeballs are floating.

Which roundish sensory organ responds to light?

The human eye is one of the most complex and amazing features in the animal world. Our eyes respond to light and reveal the visible universe all around us.

Which neck organ helps humans speak?

The larynx is home to the body's vocal cords. It's called the voice box because it helps people create complex spoken words and also blood-curdling screams.

The ____ is an organ that covers and protects several female sex organs.

The vulva is made up of several female sex organs, such as the clitoris and labia. It also covers the entryway to the womb.

Which organ not only helps you hear, but also plays a major role in balance?

The ears collect and transmit sound signals to your brain, which then makes sense of the noises you detect. The inner ear is also very important in helping you maintain balance. If this area of your ears is off, you might get dizzy and fall down.

Which male reproductive organ produces a milky, alkaline substance that helps sperm better survive in a female's vagina?

The prostate gland is only found in males and improves the ability of sperm to find their ultimate mark -- a female's egg.

Which neck organ is shaped like a butterfly and secretes critical hormones for both protein synthesis and metabolism?

The thyroid gland sits in the neck, emitting hormones that play major roles in metabolism, as well as for protein synthesis. When the thyroid goes awry, it can cause a host of problems in the body.

Which organ is home to a fetus that is gestating inside a mother?

The uterus is the womb, the all-important internal nursery for the fetus. In the uterus, a fetus develops from tiny cells into a full-grown monster that will keep the parents awake for months at a time.

Which organ covers the body, protecting all of its innards from the environment?

The skin is a major organ that covers almost your entire body. The skin survives abrasions, lacerations and all manner of insults ... and keeps right on going.

Which glandular organ is only the size of a pea, is based in the brain and secretes hormones that are very important to growth?

The pituitary gland might be the size of a pea, but it wields the power of ... a pumpkin. Without the hormones of this gland, your body just doesn't properly grow. It's also important with regard to blood pressure and metabolism, among critical factors.

Which organ is a gland that not only plays a big part in digestion but also releases important hormones?

The pancreas is a glandular organ with multiple purposes. The six-inch organ not only secretes digestive enzymes but also generates hormones, such as insulin, which can wreak havoc throughout the body when they're out of whack.

The ____ main job is to filter blood.

The spleen's primary job is to simply filter blood. It helps dispose of old blood cells and also acts as a backup reservoir for blood in case, you know, you accidentally lose some.

Which organ makes up the final stretch of the human digestive system?

The large intestine, or colon, is the last section of the human digestive system. It spends its days absorbing water from waste material so that you can eventually poop.

Which organ controls the release of fecal matter from the human body?

The anus is both muscle and organ, and an important one, at that. It controls your ability to expel feces.

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