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Human body diagrams

The Wikimedia Human body diagrams is a collection of images whose main purpose is to provide a way of explaining medical conditions and other phenomena.

With good faith, everyone may participate, since all images in the source collection are in the Public Domain.

The Man shadow, its name inspired from the song Moon Shadow, appearing to have lost its hands, eyes, legs and mouth.


Using outside Wikimedia and WikipediaEdit

All images in this collection are released into the public domain. The creators grant anyone the right to use these works for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law. You may use the suggested information in the Upload info section below.

For use on external sites, the raster (.png) version may be preferred to the vector (.svg) image, because the vector (.svg) may appear in different form in other browsers and software. Other versions are linked from the information page for each diagram.

Editing or uploadingEdit

The general rule for editing, uploading new versions of or making derivative works of this collection is: Do what you want. This includes making an entry in discussion if there is any uncertainty regarding the general rule, any how-to or any other issue about the diagrams.

Deriving an imageEdit

In addition to the method of deriving an image by using Windows Paint as described in images below, better derivatives may be made by using Inkscape. It's a free software, and it's quite easy to use. Please leave a message to User:Mikael Häggström if you want more details.

Upload infoEdit

Here as some suggestions of what you may write in the form when uploading to Wikimedia:

  • Original source: (link to the source image)
However, because the source images are Public Domain, attribution is not necessary, and you could legally write own work.
  • Author(s): (yourself)
If you want to: (yourself) and [[User:Mikael Häggström]] (or other previous contributor)
  • Licensing: (anything)
If you want to: Public domain ({{self|Cc-zero}})
This is preferred for use here in Wikimedia, but just because you derived your work from Public Domain images doesn't mean you must let your work go to the Public Domain. Do what you want, and that may include restricting others from doing what they want with your work.

The templateEdit

Human body diagramsEdit

Main article at: Human body diagrams

Template location:Template:Human body diagrams

How to derive an imageEdit

Derive directly from raster image with organsEdit

The raster (.png format) images below have most commonly used organs already included, and text and lines can be added in almost any graphics editor. This is the easiest method, but does not leave any room for customizing what organs are shown.

Adding text and lines:

Derive "from scratch"Edit

By this method, body diagrams can be derived by pasting organs into one of the "plain" body images shown below. This method requires a graphics editor that can handle transparent images, in order to avoid white squares around the organs when pasting onto the body image. Pictures of organs are found on the project's main page. These were originally adapted to fit the male shadow/silhouette.


More organs are found at: Human body diagrams/Organs

Derive by vector templateEdit

The Vector templates below can be used to derive images with, for example, Inkscape. This is the method with the greatest potential.

See Human body diagrams/Inkscape tutorial for a basic description in how to do this.

Examples of derived worksEdit

More examples


All the images on this page are released into the public domain by their creators. This applies worldwide.

In case this is not legally possible, the creators grant anyone the right to use these works for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

Donating organsEdit

Please leave a message if you have pictures of organs suitable for inclusion, preferably natural looking ones rather than animated, and preferably be frontal view.

All kind of organs are appreciated, but the following are especially wanted:

  • Prostate
  • Urinary system (preferably like the digital other version of the displayed, painted one, but with the proportions of the painted version)
  • Reproductive system ( ovaries and testes)

You must be prepared to give the image(s) a Public Domain license or equivalent.

Think of it as a digital version of HLA-matching used in organ transplantation. Public Domain matches everything, and can be used in any other derived work, regardless of its license.

Organs in other formatsEdit

Click arrow at right to view each format respectively. More versions of the organ may be available by clicking on each image.