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Can you name the heaviest organs in the human body?
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Organ=functional part containing 2+ tissues Only organs physically connected as one are included (ie bones/skeletal muscle don't count)—if the organ comes in a pair, weight of both sides is used
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Jan 1st, 2010 at 04:47 GMT
What about the gallbladder? And the small and large intestines?
Jan 1st, 2010 at 05:39 GMT
How can the spleen weigh more then either of the intestines or the stomach!!?!?!
Jan 1st, 2010 at 05:41 GMT
There's something wrong with this quiz. How does the spleen weigh more than the liver?
Jan 1st, 2010 at 07:21 GMT
I don't see the small and large intestines on the list. Also, is the bladder larger than the prostate? Great quiz, otherwise.
Jan 1st, 2010 at 12:35 GMT
This quiz really needs a source to be a valid quiz, otherwise there's a lot missing.
Jan 1st, 2010 at 14:21 GMT
I agree with the above; the digestive system is completely missing here.
Jan 1st, 2010 at 19:12 GMT
Only half of us have prostates.
Jan 1st, 2010 at 19:13 GMT
Yeah, definitely needs a source. Also, the uterus has a whole lot of muscle, surely it should be there? After all, it may not be in every human but neither is the prostate gland and that's on here.
Jan 1st, 2010 at 19:39 GMT
Testis, ovaries, small intestine and large intestine, bladder, thymus...
Jan 1st, 2010 at 20:17 GMT
i'm pretty sure that the thyroid is a gland, and not an organ.
Jan 1st, 2010 at 21:50 GMT
both the thyroid and the prostate are a gland, guys. terrible quiz.
Jan 1st, 2010 at 22:51 GMT
In addition to everything else, largest does not equal heaviest
Jan 1st, 2010 at 23:33 GMT
Wow lol, I read this quiz as "largest orgasms" and was surprised it had so many plays xD
And indeed, a stomach is just well...a rather thin "skin"(don't know the right term in English) . Obviously it doesn't weigh that much. At least if you don't count what's in it. Although maybe you should... I don't know... Just get a source up, that'll fix a lot.
Jan 2nd, 2010 at 00:17 GMT
hmm, i'm not sure this is right...
Jan 2nd, 2010 at 01:05 GMT
The heart is a muscle, is it not?
Jan 2nd, 2010 at 18:05 GMT
You guys are right, this isn't a good quiz. Partially because a few organs are missing, and entirely because the definition of organ is so ambiguous. I should've taken more care with this one but I rushed it. I've attempted to rework it to correct for the ambiguity.
A few things to clarify:
(1) The gallbladder weighs only about 10g, so I won't be including it on this quiz.
(2) I've implemented both intestines.
(3) The spleen does weigh more than the stomach, though not the intestines. The good chunk of the stomach is food contents and it may have a large volume but doesn't quite pair up in mass.
(4) @MSB33: the reason you saw the spleen weighing more than the liver was because I was in the midst of changing the values from ounces to grams.
(5) The bladder is larger than the prostate, but I've excluded both in the revision of this quiz.
(6) The values come from multiple sources, but I'll try to include a couple of general sources you can go to.
(7) I originally included the prostate because I based these off of males. For my revision, I've made it organs found in *both* males and females
(8) The uterus is surprisingly not that heavy most of the time. It's about 50g on average, but when pregnant it definitely increases in weight.
(9) A gland is an organ. This branches back to the problem of defining an organ--it's hard to define. Some consider bones and muscle organs, some don't consider skin an organ. For this quiz, I'll put up a definition in the description for clarity.
(10) Largest doesn't equal heaviest but can include it. I've included the weights to clarify this.
(11) The heart is an organ, though most of it is indeed muscle
Thanks for the suggestions. Keep calling bull**** when you see it--this was definitely one of those cases.
Jan 4th, 2010 at 03:25 GMT
you should accept "colon" for large intestines.
Jan 8th, 2010 at 12:12 GMT
yay 100% just got spleen with 7 seconds to go
Apr 3rd, 2010 at 06:14 GMT
Fine revisions.. but perhaps consider making us answer in order?
Jul 13th, 2010 at 22:23 GMT
I'll never forget the spleen from now on! I thought it was tiny.
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