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Ilia (ILL-ee-uh)

Ilium (plural ilia): The uppermost and widest of the three bones constituting either of the lateral halves of the pelvis.

Common clues: Pelvic bones; Upper pelvic bones

Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year

Pelvis: the upper half (the broad "wings") are the ilia

Otic (OH-tik)

Of, pertaining to, or near the ear

Common clues: Concerning the ear; Relating to the ear; Auditory; Involving the ear

Crossword puzzle frequency: 4 times a year

Anatomy of the human ear

Tibia (TIB-ee-uh)

The inner and usually larger of the two bones in the lower leg from the knee to the ankle, parallel with the fibula.

Common clues: Leg bone; Shin bone; Inner leg bone

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Frequency in English language: 55780 / 86800

Ulna (UHL-nuh)

The bone on the little-finger side of the human forearm – the thinner and longer of the two bones.

Common clues: Inner forearm bone; Humerus neighbor; Arm bone; Forelimb bone

Crossword puzzle frequency: 12 times a year

Frequency in English language: 65105 / 86800

Uvea (YOO-vee-uh)

The middle of the three layers of the eyeball – the part that contains the iris and ciliary body and choroids.  Its pigmentation is responsible for eye color.

Common clues: Pigmented peeper part; Eye layer; Eye membrane; Pupil's locale

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

Copyright: public domain, credit to NIH National Eye Institute requested

To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”

- Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

Without the eyeball many things we take for granted would simply not be possible. For example, a doctor would not be able to safely operate on a patient, an athlete would not be able to score a basket and a student would not be able to receive an online mba let alone use a computer in the first place. Additionally, most services available for individuals who suffer and live with blindness were put in place and are maintained by people who are able to see.

Uvula (YOO-vyuh-luh)

A small, conical, fleshy mass of tissue suspended from the center of the soft palate

Common clues: Throat projection

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

The uvula is a small cone-shaped mass of tissue hanging down from the soft palate, near the back of the throat.