Skeleton Movement and Locomotion Short Answer Biology Class-9 ICSE Selina Publishers

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Skeleton Movement and Locomotion Exe-12 Short Answer Biology Class-9 ICSE Concise Selina Publishers

Board ICSE
Publications Selina Publication
Subject Biology
Class 9th
Chapter-12 Skeleton Movement and Locomotion
Book Name Concise
Topics Solution of C. Short Answer Type
Academic Session 2023-2024

C. Short Answer Type 

Skeleton Movement and Locomotion Class-9 Biology Concise Solutions  

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Question 1.


(a) Skeleton system

(b) Bone marrow

(c) Gristle

(d) Pivot joint

(e) Antagonistic muscles


(a) Skeleton System refers to the internal framework of bones and other connective tissues including cartilage, ligaments, and tendons that provide support, shape, protection, movement and leverage to the human body.

(b) Bone marrow is a soft, spongy tissue found inside the central hollow space or the marrow of some of the long bones where certain types of blood cells including red and white blood cells are formed.

(c) A pad of cartilage intervertebral disc that forms a kind of cushion between two vertebrae is called Gristle.

(d) Joint that allow rotation about an axis is called Pivot joint.

(e) The muscles that cause opposing movements are called antagonistic muscles.

Question 2.

Do the muscles pull the structures, or push them? Explain briefly.


Muscles pull the structure. A muscle has two ends; a fixed end where the muscle originates and a movable end that pulls some other part. The movable end is drawn out to form a tough structure known as a tendon that is attached to the bone.

When a muscle is stimulated by a nerve, it contracts and becomes shorter and thicker and this pulls the bone at its movable end. Muscles can only contract and relax, they cannot lengthen.

Question 3.

Just as the humerus corresponds to femur, what bones correspond to tarsals, metacarpals, ulna and radius respectively?


Bones Corresponding bones
Humerus Thigh bone (Femur)
Tarsals Carpals
Metacarpals Metatarsals
Ulna Fibula
Radius Tibia


Question 4.

What are antagonistic muscles? Give one example.


Once a structure has been moved by a muscle, it cannot return to its original position without another muscle acting on it. Muscles that cause opposing movements are known as antagonistic muscles.

Example of antagonistic muscles:

antagonistic arm

When you flex your arm at the elbow, the muscle that lies above the upper arm, i.e. the biceps is seen and felt bulging. This muscle bulges due to contraction and becomes smaller in length, stiffer and thicker. Contraction of biceps draws the forearm towards the upper arm. However, relaxation of biceps cannot push the forearm back to its original position.

When the arm is extended or straightened, the muscle at the back of the upper arm, i.e. the triceps contracts. The two muscles work antagonistically or in opposite directions to bend or flex and straighten the arm at the elbow.

Question 5.

Give reason:

(a) Decalcified bones become soft and flexible.

(b) People in old age complain of stiff joints.

(c) In the female skeleton, the pelvis or hip bone is wider and trough-shaped.

(d) Bones are considered to be a living tissue.

(e) Vertebral column is curved.


(a) Two-third of entire bone mass is made of calcium and phosphorous. It gives strength and hardness to bones. Therefore, when these inorganic substance are lost or the bone is decalcified, they become soft and flexible.

(b) The freely movable joints are well lubricated by synovial fluid to remove friction between the joint surfaces. With age, the production and quality of synovial fluid decreases, leading to less effective lubrication. This coupled with degeneration of cartilage and ligaments causes stiff joints in old age.

(c) In the female skeleton, the pelvis or hip bone is wider and trough-shaped to adapt for accommodating the foetus in the uterus during pregnancy.

(d) Bones are made up of living cells (osteocytes) that are responsible for their growth, maintenance, and repair. They receive blood supply through a network of blood vessels and they produce red and white blood cells within the bone marrow. Therefore, the bones are considered to be a living tissue.

(e) Vertebral column is curved in order to provide correct posture and balance to our body. It’s curvature enables us to minimize all the stress on bones and muscles that arises due to activities.

Question 6.

Write one specific location of the following in the human body.

(a) Femur

(b) Malleus, Incus, Stapes

(c) Coccyx

(d) An immovable joint

(e) Sternum


(a) Thigh

(b) Ear

(c) lower part of back bone

(d) Brain box

(e) In the middle of the front part of the chest.

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