AskDefine | Define torso

Dictionary Definition

torso n : the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; "they moved their arms and legs and bodies" [syn: trunk, body] [also: torsi (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary




torso (plural torsos)
  1. The part of the (human) body from the neck to the groin, that is, the body excluding the head and limbs.



body excluding the head and limbs
  • Chinese Characters:
  • Chinese: 軀幹, 躯干 (qūgàn)
  • Czech: trup, torzo
  • Dutch: torso
  • Finnish: vartalo, torso
  • French: torse
  • German: Torso
  • Greek: κορμός
  • Hungarian: törzs
  • Italian: torso
  • Japanese: (どう, dō), 胴体 (どうたい, dōtai)
  • Korean: 몸통 (momtong)



torso m
  1. torso

Extensive Definition

Torso is an anatomical term for the central part of the many animal bodies (including that of the human) from which extend the neck and limbs. It is sometimes referred to as the trunk. The torso includes the thorax and abdomen.


Major organs

Most critical organs are housed within the torso. In the upper chest, the heart and lungs are protected by the rib cage, and the abdomen contains the majority of organs responsible for digestion: the liver, which respectively produces bile necessary for digestion; the large and small intestines, which extract nutrients from food; the anus, from which fecal wastes are excreted; the rectum, which stores feces; the gallbladder, which stores and concentrates bile and produces chyme; the ureters, which passes urine to the bladder; the bladder, which stores urine; and the urethra, which excretes urine and passes sperm through the seminal vesicles. Finally, the pelvic region houses both the male and female reproductive organs.

Major muscle groups

The torso also harbours many of the main muscle groups of the body, including the:


The organs and muscles etc. are innervated by various nerves, mainly originating from thoracic vertebral segments. For instance, the cutaneous innervation is provided by:


See also

torso in Afrikaans: Torso
torso in Arabic: جذع (تشريح)
torso in Aymara: Tullu
torso in Bosnian: Torzo
torso in Catalan: Tronc (anatomia)
torso in Danish: Torso
torso in German: Torso
torso in Spanish: Tronco (anatomía)
torso in Esperanto: Torso
torso in French: Tronc (anatomie)
torso in Italian: Tronco (anatomia)
torso in Hebrew: טורסו
torso in Kurdish: Laşqolik
torso in Dutch: Romp (anatomie)
torso in Japanese: 胴体
torso in Norwegian: Torso
torso in Pushto: اتره
torso in Portuguese: Tronco (anatomia)
torso in Simple English: Torso
torso in Serbian: Торзо
torso in Swedish: Torso
torso in Thai: ลำตัว
torso in Turkish: Gövde

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

anatomy, body, bones, carcass, clay, clod, corpus, figure, flesh, form, frame, hulk, material body, person, physical body, physique, soma, trunk
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