11 Organ Systems | Their Important Functions in the Human Body

The human body has different organs located in various parts of the body. These organs work together to form 11 organ systems that play a vital role in body physiology.

The organ systems include

  1. Skeletal system
  2. Muscular system
  3. Respiratory system
  4. Cardiovascular system (Circulatory system)
  5. Digestive system
  6. Nervous system
  7. Endocrine system
  8. Reproductive system
  9. Urinary system
  10. The lymphatic system (Humeral system)
  11. Integumentary system
  • An organ is formed by a group of tissues. These tissues are, in turn, formed from a group of cells.
  • A set of organs working together towards a common goal is classified as an organ system.
  • For example, the digestive system is an organ system comprising organs like the stomach, esophagus, buccal-cavity, intestine, rectum, pancreas, liver, etc.
  • These all organs are concerned with one important physiological function, namely digestion.
  • If one of these organs is disturbed, then the whole digestive function is disturbed.
  • So these organs are perfectly interlinked and connected to carry out one specific physiological function effectively.
  • In most cases, every organ in the organ system has only one specific physiologic function.
  • But some organs may be a part of one or more organ systems.
  • For example, the pancreas is a part of the digestive system but also plays a prominent role in the endocrine system.
  • This is because it secretes digestive enzymes through its exocrine glands and insulin-like hormones through its endocrine portion.
  • The organ systems are similar in terms of function and anatomy, starting from amphibians to higher animals. The different organ systems in the human body include.

Details on Organ Systems with Functions

1. Skeletal system

  • This system consists of the bones of the body.
  • These bones are made of bone cells and cartilage cells, which are hardened.
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  • They provide the body a proper shape, frame, and support to the organs.
  • In some places, they form bony compartments.
  • These compartments include the skull and thorax, eye sockets, etc., which protect the essential organs like the brain, heart, lungs, eyes.
  • The skeletal system is also flexible and movable at places called joints.
  • These joints help in the body’s movements in coordination with skeletal muscles.

2. Muscular system

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  • This system comprises muscles that are responsible for the movements of the body.
  • They are of three types as skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscles.
  1. Skeletal muscles help in moving the body from one place to another. Functions like walking, running, moving, lifting, bending are possible due to skeletal muscles.
  2. On the other hand, the cardiac muscles form the heart and help in the pumping of the blood. It forces the blood to flow through the arteries such that it reaches the deep and remote areas of the body.
  3. While the smooth muscles form the organs like the stomach, intestine, uterus, urinary bladder, etc.
  4. These smooth muscles bring about movement within the body to aid physiology.

3. Respiratory system

  • The respiratory system helps to absorb the atmospheric oxygen from the air and supply it to the body.
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  • The respiratory system comprises the organs like the nose, larynx, bronchi, and lungs.
  • The path is called as respiratory tract and a diaphragm made of skeletal muscle separates it from the abdomen.
  • The oxygen is absorbed into the blood from the lung alveoli and carried to tissues. In the tissues and cells, it helps to generate energy through the oxidation of glucose in the mitochondria.
  • Besides, the respiratory system also helps in speech (making sounds), excretion by exhalation (alcohol), and also metabolism.

4. Cardiovascular system

  • The cardiovascular system circulates the blood in the body.
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  • It comprises blood, blood vessels like the arteries, veins, capillaries, and heart.
  • The main functions of this system are
  1. Maintenance of uniform temperature,
  2. Supply of oxygen and nutrition to all the cells and tissues
  3. Collection waste matter and transport it urinary system.
  4. To carry hormones to the target organs.

5. Digestive system

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  • This system is meant to break down the food and absorb nutrients into the blood circulation.
  • It consists of the mouth, teeth, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, intestine, rectum, and anus.
  • It is the only route through which the food can enter into the body.
  • The food is breakdown into smaller forms like carbohydrates (disaccharides), amino acids, and fatty acids for easy absorption into the body.

6. Nervous system

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  • This is called the master body system as it controls all the other organ systems of the body.
  • The nervous system regulates the whole-body physiology, functions and movements.
  • It has a brain, spinal cord, somatic and autonomic nerves (sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system).
  • It stimulates the release of hormones when needed so as to control other systems.
  • It regulates the body movements through muscles, controls respiration, heartbeat, digestion, urination, etc.

7. Endocrine system

  • This system acts as complementary to the nervous system.
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  • Endocrine glands like the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, pineal, adrenal glands and testes and ovaries are present in this system.
  • The glands secrete their specific hormones, which act on different systems of the body and induce changes. These hormones are chemical messengers.
  • For example, the melatonin, a pineal gland hormones, induce sleep at night. 
  • There are different hormones controlling specific physiological processes.

8. Reproductive system

  • This is the organ system that is responsible for the continuation of species.
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  • It helps in the formation of offspring to keep up further life.
  • In males, it comprises organs like the testis, penis, prostate glands.
  • In females, it consists of the vagina, uterus, uterine tubes, ovaries, and also mammary glands (breast).
  • This system is quite interesting in that it is just one set and depends on the opposite sex for its important physiological process.

9. Lymphatic system

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  • This system provides a natural defense in the body. It kills bacteria, viruses, and other parasites residing in the body.
  • It comprises of fluid lymph, lymph nodes, lymph organs (like the spleen, tonsils, thymus), white blood cells, and antibodies (humeral substances).
  • The lymphatic system is arranged parallel to the blood circulation and widely distributed in important points of the body.
  • You can find it in the intestine, kidney, liver, brain, etc. where it traps the pathogens and prevents their further spread by destroying them.

10. Urinary system

  • This system, as the name indicates, forms the urine as its end product.
  • It is meant to remove the wastes and other toxins from the body.
  • This system has a pair of kidneys, a pair of ureters, one urinary bladder and a urethra.
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  • Any substance in the body is converted to a water-soluble form by metabolism.
  • This is transported by the blood to the kidneys.
  • When the blood flows through the nephron in the kidney’s, it gets filtered to releasing those wastes.
  • This waste with water is called urine and is expelled out of the body by urination.
  • The load on the kidney is reduced as other organs like the skin, lungs, and saliva also participate in the excretion of waste from the body.

11. Integumentary system

  • This is a covering system that covers the whole body surface.
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  • The organs under this system are skin, hair, nails, etc.
  • It prevents dehydration and heat loss.
  • It also keeps the body safe from damage, wear, and also infections. 

Though the body has different organs and organ systems still, if one system is affected, other systems also decline and cease to function.

So they are all interconnected and collaborate in functions.

Frequently asked question and answers.

  1. What organ systems work together?

    Organ systems like the nervous system and endocrine system, circulatory and urinary system, skeletal and muscular system work together.

  2. Which organ systems contain the eye?

    The eye can be placed in the nervous system as it is located in the brain compartment and is also mainly made of nerves.

  3. What body systems work together to maintain blood pressure?

    Blood pressure is maintained by the nervous system, circulatory systems, and urinary system.

  4. What organ systems work together to maintain homeostasis?

    The nervous system and endocrine systems maintain homeostasis. The nervous system detects changes and gives out impulses by regulating hormones release.

  5. Which organ systems work together to release energy from food

    The systems involved in the release of energy from food include the digestive system which breaks down the food, the respiratory system which supplies oxygen for oxidative phosphorylation, and the circulatory system which carries the digested food and oxygen to the cells and tissues where energy is released.

  6. Which two organ systems work together to inhale oxygen

    Mainly the nervous system and respiratory system are involved. The respiratory center in the brain triggers inhalation by the lungs. While lungs inspire to take in air.

  7. What 2 body systems work together to help you move

    This would be the skeletal system and muscular system.

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