Percent of skeleton out of total body weight

Value 14.84 % Range: Table - link %
Organism Human Homo sapiens
Reference HH Mitchell et al., The chemical composition of the adult human body and its bearing on the biochemistry of growth. May 1, 1945 The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 158, 625-637. p.627 bottom paragraph and p.628 table 1
Method A cadaver was analyzed
Comments n=1. P.627 5th & bottom paragraphs: "Table I contains the values secured on the chemical composition of the organs and tissues analyzed, together with the relative weights of each with reference to the total body. The last row of figures relates to the composition of the entire body, which contained 67.85 per cent moisture, 12.51 per cent ether extract, 14.39 per cent protein (N × 6.25), 4.84 per cent ash, 1.596 per cent calcium, 0.771 per cent phosphorus, and a heat of combustion equivalent to 1.93 kilocalories per gm. Only 0.41 per cent is unaccounted for. The skeleton, making up 14.84 per cent of the body weight, contains 30.1 per cent of the dry matter, 19.5 per cent of the fat, 18.6 per cent of the protein, and, with the teeth, 85.7 per cent of the ash, 99.0 per cent of the calcium, and 90.0 per cent of the phosphorus." For values of 7.1 to 9.9% and average of 8.1% see PMID 13909500 p.3 table 2
Entered by Uri M
ID 107236