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To describe someone physically it's essential to know the body parts (le parti del corpo).

Head and face in Italian (eye, mouth,...)

Let's start from the top part of our body.
In the following table you will find body vocabs about the head (la testa) and the face (la faccia / il viso).

Italian English
la testathe head
la faccia / il visothe face
il cervellothe brain
la barbathe beard
la guanciathe cheek
il mentothe chin
i capellithe hair
i pelibody hairs
l'orecchiothe ear
l'occhio the eye
il sopraccigliothe eyebrow
la cigliathe eyelash
la palpebrathe eyelid
la frontethe forehead
le lentigginithe freckles
il labbrothe lip
la boccathe mouth
il nasothe nose
il baffothe moustache
la linguathe tongue
il dentethe tooth
la pellethe skin
la rugathe wrinkle


enlightenedBe careful! Some of these vocabs have irregular plurals:
l'orecchio → le orecchie
il sopracciglio → le sopracciglia
il labbro → le labbra

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Torso in Italian (chest, back,...)

In the following table you will find body vocabs about the torso (il busto).

la schienathe back
la panciathe belly
il senothe breast
il pettothe chest
l'ombelicothe navel / the belly button
il collo the neck
la golathe throat

Internal organs (heart, stomach,...)

In this part of the body there also a lot of internal organs (organi interni)

l'arteriathe artery
la vescicathe bladder
il vaso sanguignothe blood vessel
il cuorethe heart
l'intestino the intestine
il renethe kidney
il fegatothe liver
il polmonethe lung
l'esofagothe oesophagus
la milzathe spleen
lo stomacothe stomach
la tonsillathe tonsil
la venathe vein
la tracheathe windpipe
l'uterothe womb / the uterus

Arms and legs in Italian (hand, foot,...)

In the following table you will find body vocabs about upper and lower limbs (arti superiori e inferiori).

il bracciothe arm
l'ascellathe armpit
il gomito the elbow
la manothe hand
il ditothe finger
il pollicethe thumb
l'indice the index
il mediothe middle finger
l'anulare the ring finger
il mignolothe little finger
l'unghiathe nail
l'avambracciothe forearm
la noccathe knuckle
il palmothe palm
la spalla the shoulder
il polsothe wrist
la caviglia the ankle
il pollice del piedethe big toe
il sederethe bottom
le natichethe buttocks
il polpacciothe calf
il piedethe foot
il tallonethe heel
l'ancathe hip
il ginocchiothe knee
la gambathe leg
la tibiathe shin
la cosciathe thigh
il dito (del piede)the toe
il muscolothe muscle

To distinguish one hand from an another (as well as one feet, one arm, and so on) you simply add sinistro (left) or destro (right) to the noun in question.
Mano sinistra, mano destra
Left hand, right hand
Piede sinistro, piede destro
Left foot, right foot

enlightenedBe careful! Some of these vocabs have irregular plurals:
il braccio → le braccia
la mano → le mani
il ginocchio → le ginocchia

Human bones in Italian (skeleton, skull,...)

In the following table you will find vocabs about the main bones (le ossa).

enlightenedBe careful! l'osso  → le ossa

la clavicolathe collarbone / the clavicle
il femorethe tight bone / the femure
l'omerothe humerus
la mascellathe jaw
la rotulathe kneecap
la mandibolathe lower jaw
il bacinothe pelvis
la costolathe rib
la cassa toracicathe rib cage
lo scheletrothe skeleton
il craniothe skull
la spina dorsalethe backbone
la vertebrathe vertebra


The five senses (sight, taste,...)

In the following table you'll see how to say the five senses (i cinque sensi) in Italian.

l'uditothe hearing
la vistathe sight
l'olfattothe smell
il gustothe taste
il tattothe touch

Sentences with human body vocabulary

Let's see some sentences that are build up by using parts of human body.

Italian English 
costare un occhio della testato cost an arm and a leg
mangiarsi qualcuno con gli occhito have eyes only for
non chiudere occhioto do not sleep a wink
con il cuore in manofrom the bottom of one's heart
con le mani nel saccored-handed
dare un dito e prendersi un braccioto give an inch and take a mile  
essere il braccio destro di qualcunoto be somebody’s right-hand man
mettere la mano sul fuoco to stake one’s life on something 
svegliarsi con il piede sbagliatoto get out of bed on the wrong side 
andarsene con la coda tra le gambeto go away with one’s tail between one’s legs
avere un cuore di pietrato have a heart of stone 
avere la pelle d’oca to have gooseflesh 
ficcare il nasoto poke one’s nose into 
non aprir bocca not to say a word
rimanere a bocca apertato stand open-mouthed 
venire l’acquolina in bocca to make one’s mouth water 
battere i denti to be cold
voltare le spalle to turn one’s back to somebody
avere una faccia tostato have the face/cheek/neck to do something
avere la testa sulle nuvole to have one’s head in the clouds
avere la testa sulle spalle to have one’s head on one’s shoulders 
contarsi sulle dita della mano to count on the fingers of one’s hand 
leccarsi le dita/i baffito lick one’s lips 
non muovere un dito not to lift a finger
mettere il dito nella piagato touch a sore spot 
avere l'acqua alla golato be up to one’s neck in something
alzare il gomitoto hit the bottle

Daily dialogues

Take a look at the following dialogue about body parts.

MiriamOggi ho imparato i nomi delle dita della mano: il pollice, l'indice, il medio, l'anulare e il mignolo.Today I learnt finger names: the thumb, the index, the middle finger, the ring finger and the little finger.
ElisabettaBen fatto! Sai anche dirmi quali organi della faccia?Well done! Can you also tell me which are the organs of the face?
MiriamCerto! Ci sono gli occhi, il naso, la bocca e le orecchie.Sure! There are the eyes, the nose, the mouth and the ears.
ElisabettaMolto bene! E mi sai dire qualcosa sulle braccia e le gambe?Very good! Can you tell me something about legs and arms?
MiriamCerto! Nel braccio ci sono la spalla, il gomito, il polso e la mano.Of course! In the arm there are the shoulder, the elbow, the wrist and the hand.


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