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Essential Anatomy 5 is the most successful anatomy app of all time and has more content and features than any other anatomy app—bar none! With over 8,200 structures, our highly accurate, immersive and visually stunning app is the gold standard in medical reference applications. There's not a university or hospital around that does not use Essential Anatomy/Skeleton, resulting in 1.1 million user engagements every month. It is, by far, the worlds most used medical study and reference app.

Download our FREE "Essential Skeleton" app in the free section to experience our groundbreaking 3D technology.

TUAW: "Make no mistake about it: Essential Anatomy by 3D4Medical is the future of touch-based anatomy learning. Essential Anatomy is an app every doctor, physiotherapist, OT, nurse and medical student should own."

-- 3D4Medical highlighted at the 2015 Apple Key Note.

- - Number 1 Top Grossing Medical App in 118 countries worldwide.

- - Quality and Vision: 3D4Medical has led the way in introducing innovative products of exceptional quality. We will continue to forge new paths for others to follow.

- - Accurate Content: Essential Anatomy is used by anatomy professors in thousands of classrooms worldwide, including Stanford University, and has become the standard in third-level education. In many cases, our app is now mandatory with text books optional.

- - Stunning Graphics: No competitor comes close. Essential Anatomy’s proprietary engine was developed and optimized to showcase our new generation anatomical models for a completely immersive user experience.

- - Easy to use: Responsive and intuitive user interface, all systems and menus are easily accessed from the main screen and our model responds quickly to your touch.

- - Read all the reviews of previous versions: Our visionary app has enhanced the lives of reviewers, both professionally and academically.

iMedical Apps: “The 3D anatomy engine and impressive graphics bring a new clarity to anatomy education with impressive accuracy.”

Compatible with iPad 2 and newer, iPhone 4S and newer, iPod Touch 5th Gen. and newer.

In-app purchases allow additional muscle and skeletal content to be downloaded and accessed from within the app. These boosts add muscle insertion and origin points, skeletal bone parts and surfaces and 100s of animations detailing movements for each articulation.

Visit and watch videos that highlight the app's functionality and quality. You’ll understand why Essential Anatomy 5 is the most successful medical reference app of all time!

Essential Anatomy 5 is a full-featured anatomical reference app that includes MALE and FEMALE models, with 11 SYSTEMS and a total of 8,200 ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES. The app is fully 3D, meaning that you can view any structure in isolation, as well as from any angle and represents the latest in groundbreaking 3D technology and innovative design. A cutting-edge custom built 3D graphics engine, delivers outstanding quality graphics that no other competitor can achieve.


--Cutting-edge 3D technology
--Over 8,200 highly detailed anatomical structures
--Hide/Fade/Isolate/Fade Others/Hide Others options for individual structures
--Multiple Selection Mode
--Pins: Create customized pins with notes and place anywhere on the 3D model
--Slice: Slice through certain structures using 3D plane tool
--Bookmarks: Preset and Customizable
--Correct audio pronunciation and Latin nomenclature for every structure
--Search via English and Latin nomenclature
--Dynamic Quiz: Drag and Drop and Multi-choice
--Share images via social media and e-mail
--Includes anatomy for 11 systems: Skin, Skeletal, Muscles, Connective Tissue, Veins, Arteries, Nerves, Respiratory, Digestive, Urogenital, Lymphatic, also includes the Brain and Heart

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What's New in Version 5.0

Female model and associated anatomy
Content fixes and performance enhancements
New texture and model enhancements for iPad Air 2


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Customer Reviews

No brainer, this is a must buy

There is a common misconception that to do well in anatomy, you need to make flashcards. In my opinion, this could not be more incorrect. To understand anatomy you need to understand the purpose of the origins, how the insertions dictate actions and how the action interact with other muscle groups. Flashcards can't tell you this. And flashcards can't help you understand how all of this changes in the face of injury. Being able to manipulate the anatomy with your fingertips, to be able to clearly see demarcated origins and insertions sites, and tracing blood supplies and innervations to their roots is so valuable to actually understanding anatomy. And understanding anatomy is way more time efficient than memorizing it.
As part of my anatomy class, I had to purchase a $380 computer program to do half the amount of processing that this app can do. Furthermore that program is restricted to being utilized by a CD-ROM (which is so fabulous considering I have a MacBook air). Case closed. This is the monopoly of all anatomy programs out there and if I could return the CD ROM anatomy program I would. Not acquiring this app is simply doing a disservice to your academic pursuits. Hurry up and buy this app ASAP to make time up for time lost not using it. (that's how I felt when I bought it, and I'm incredibly frugal!)

Fix the Info Box Please!

Great app with one very annoying design flaw that costs one star. I’m a doctor and longtime college educator teaching Anatomy and Physiology. I love this app. What I don’t love is the information box that pops up every time I select a bone or muscle or other piece of anatomy. The information is great, but there should be an option to disable the popup to allow an instructor to quiz students without the answer appearing on the screen. The info box also superimposes itself over important structures, and must be moved manually every single time to view the anatomy. This is very irksome when moving from structure to related structure. My recommendation to the developer is to provide an option in the Control menu or Settings to toggle the popup info box on or off, and also a second option to allow ‘fixing’ the info box to a particular location on the screen so that the info box, when toggled on, doesn’t overshadow the anatomy in the middle of the screen. In other words, provide an option that would let you place the info box in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, where it would stay put until moved to a different screen location. Fix this well-intentioned info box from hades, and you’ve got my vote for five stars!

Very Nice for Pros and Novices

I really like the look and feel in Essential Anatomy, but it can be difficult to get to some data. I finally figured out how to get the skeletal system to go away, but after touring around with it off, I couldn't find now to turn it back on (it had disappeared from the Control Menu). It would be nice if it was just another side button like Urogenital or Skin. I also haven't been able to figure out how to see some smaller internal items like the inner ear. I know it's a group of nerves, muscles, and bones, but turning those all on means the outer skull is in they way. Without bones, I miss some significant parts of the ear. Slicing doesn't seem to work there, but I'd have to be able to see where I'm slicing anyway.

As I use this for my personal edification, I find that getting to the basic overview is very intuitive. It's easy to get around and see the "big picture." And selecting an item or multiple items is very nice, too. I can see what I've picked, but the item doesn't look obscured. This is a real plus. The whole app feels like it was built for the platform and not simply transferred over from a printed source. I look forward to its further development.

Essential Anatomy 5
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $24.99
  • Category: Medical
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  • Version: 5.0
  • Size: 645 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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