I really like AnatomyPlot3D, but find it exceedingly difficult to find Mathematica's terminology for an anatomical structure. Listing all of them and searching by eye is hopelessly burdensome, and free-form input rarely seems to work.

Here's a figure I'm working on, to show how the human voice produces sound: lungs (blue) force air through the windpipe or trachea (green), through the vocal folds, through the nasal cavity, over the tongue and out the mouth:

 {ClipPlanes -> {InfinitePlane[{{0, 0, 0}, {0, 1, 0}, {0, 0, 1}}]},
  Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Head"],
  AnatomyStyling[<|Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Lung"] -> Blue|>],
  Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Lung"],
  AnatomyStyling[<|Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Tongue"] -> Yellow|>],
  Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Tongue"],
  AnatomyStyling[<|Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Trachea"] -> Green|>],
  AnatomyStyling[<|Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Larynx"] -> Orange|>],
  Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Larynx"],
  Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Trachea"],
  Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Esophagus"],
  Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "Neck"],
  AnatomyStyling[<|Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "VocalFold"] -> Blue|>],
  Entity["AnatomicalStructure", "VocalFold"]},
 AnatomySkinStyle -> Directive[LightBrown, Opacity[.2]],
 ViewPoint -> Left,
 PlotRange -> All,
 ImageSize -> 800]

enter image description here

However, I simply cannot find "VocalFold", "NasalCavity", or their equivalents.

So I'd appreciate it if someone could post these anatomical structure names for this figure.

But my real question is: How does one systematically find the technical name for specific structures in Mathematica's AnatomyData database without listing them all and searching "by eye"?

A sometimes useful solution is to plot a full section of the body (e.g., Head) the click on the portion you need and read it off. Helpful.

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    $\begingroup$ Is what you're looking for related to these EntityValue[Entity["AnatomicalStructure","VocalFold"],{"AlternateNames","LatinName","Name","UMLSConceptID"}] or any of Entity["AnatomicalStructure","VocalFold"]@"Properties"? What do you mean by "technical name for specific structures in Mathematica's AnatomyData database"? Can you give examples? $\endgroup$
    – Adam
    Nov 28, 2023 at 5:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Adam: "AlternateNames" is quite useful... thanks ($+1$). But I tried your form with "Nasal Cavity" and got {{"cavity of nose"}, {"cavitas nasi"}, "nasal cavity", Entity["AnatomicalConceptIdentifier", "C0027423"]}, alas none of which I could get to plot. Suggestions? $\endgroup$ Nov 28, 2023 at 5:57

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Assuming OP wants an easier way to find entities with non-Missing graphics 3d, I ran


which yielded 138 body parts. I believe the class "BodyParts" can be expanded to capture more entities, but this seemed like a good start.

Indeed, nose=Entity["AnatomicalStructure","Nose"] had a 3D model. Then


yielded inose=Entity["AnatomicalStructure","InternalNose"]. Then graphics=inose@"Graphics3D" is

internal nose bones

where there is a middle bone and two "septal nasal cartilages". Evidently, there is no 3D model for the nasal cavity. Perhaps it is computable with clever region complements of existing skin parts?


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