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Essential Anatomy 5


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Essential Anatomy is the most successful anatomy app of all time, with more content, features, structures and ease of use than any other anatomy app — bar none! Now with over 8,200 structures including female 3D model.

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

NOTE: Not compatible with MacBook Pro (2008) or earlier due to graphics card limitations. Also, may not run on OS X 10.8 devices, due to Apple iCloud issue.

- - Number 1 Top Grossing Medical App in 117 countries worldwide.

- - This app is the only one that can combine 3 stand alone apps. Don’t waste your time purchasing other stand alone apps for Muscle Premium and Skeleton Premium content - it’s all available with a price effective "in-app purchase" and just a fraction of the cost other companies charge. In Essential Anatomy - everything is available in one app (see in-app purchases below).

- - 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. Other 3D Anatomy apps are limited by off-the-shelf gaming engines.

- - Easy Navigation: Instantly and seamlessly zoom into any area of the body, remove layers of muscle and turn on/off systems. Other apps are restricted to a multitude of limited predefined “views”.

- - Accurate Content: Essential Anatomy is used by hundreds of Anatomy Professors worldwide and has become the standard in third level education. In many cases, our app is now mandatory with text books optional.

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

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."

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. It represents the latest in groundbreaking 3D technology and innovative design. A cutting-edge 3D graphics engine, custom built by 3D4Medical, 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

Complete female model and associated anatomy
Refined muscle textures
Minor content fixes
Performance enhancements


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Customer Reviews

Essential Anatomy for Rolfers and nerve work

I have used this application since it came and it keeps getting better. It helps me understand anatomy in a way that was not possible - by turning on or off the various systems of the body so that you can locate for example the obturator nerve by finding the femoral artery in the groin area and then sliding just medial to it and there is the nerve. I use it to send images to propsective clients (I told one woman that her problem was not the hamstrings per se but the posterior femoral nerve - when I sent her an image of it, she immediately called back and said “that’s exactly where it hurts!” and she made an appointment). I have sent images to doctors or PTs to explain my sense of what the problem was or in more severe cases, that is they were going to do a cortisone injection, here are the most inflamed spots which they felt was useful in making their injections more precise and the client felt she got better results. I have found that if I point out missing things or even slight mistakes that they are happy to have that information and will change it in the next upgrade. I do some mentoring in Rolfing and nerve work and use it often to advise students on solving problems and have gotten many of them to buy the app and they love it also. Obviously this does not have the detail of Grey’s anatomy but it let’s you manipulate the images and see through layers in ways that none of the anatomy books can do...


The first several times I used this app I was blown away. Its an excellent study tool and really helps visualize many of the size shape and location of human anatomy, the real weakness is in the anitomical relationships… some of them were not accurate. For example, national professional exams will ask things like: “ name the structures that pass through the parotid gland.” … and the app will show the correct answer choices posteriorally to the gland.

Tools are difficult to use. For example, if you mistakenly hide a structure to better visualize something, you have to put EVERYTHING you hid back and start over. Also, the dialogue box is CONSTANTLY popping up over what I am trying to look at. Makes me want to SCREAM and there is no way to lock it in place that I know of... Finally, there are anatomical structures that simply arent there. For example, you cant isolate any muscles of the larynx or pharynx or even isolate something like “intrinsic muscles of the pharynx” on its own without manually removing everything around it… if its even there. Levator Veli Palatini? Where are you? It would be IMMENSELY helpful if you could isolate structures and then add back related structures from a suggestion box or search.

If you are taking undergrad anatomy, this is awesome. If you are a medical/dental student… still helpful, but falls short.

Essential for Medical School Anatomy!

I would not be doing as well as I am in medical school anatomy class if not for this app! It supplements the time I spend in lab and I really like being able to isolate different structures, as well as multi-select. I often remember and “visualize” the content on this app even over my real cadaver body on the test and it helps tremendously. The new female anatomy is wonderful! There are extremely difficult to visualize structures in the female pelvis such as the broad ligament, and all the “tubes” - i.e. - ovarian ligament, suspensory ligament of the ovary, round ligament of the uterus, uterine tubes, and ureters. This app shows anatomical RELATIONSHIPS very well, which is what at least my professors and I assume most, test on. Very, very good and life like! The only thing I think they could improve on would be to show fascia layers so it is more like a real cadaver (i.e. - fascia lata, peritoneum, etc). Props to this company for amazing customer service an an amazing app that got this med student through anatomy!

Essential Anatomy 5
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  • $33.99
  • Category: Medical
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.0
  • Size: 695 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity

Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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  2. Skeletal System Plus$9.99