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Body Parts In German – Advanced Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Language

Guten Tag! In my last post I took it back to basics and taught you what all of the different body parts are called in German. This is a topic that is always useful, especially if you go to the doctor in Germany, for example. As there are so many different body parts and names for everything, I have split this into two posts. The first post focused on the basic names of the body parts. This follow-up post will give some more specific/advanced vocabulary. So hopefully there will be something for everyone over these two posts! Here is post number one Body Parts In German – Simple. And now here is post number two, with slightly more advanced vocabulary.


Body Parts In German – Advanced

Der Körper – The Body

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der Kopf – The Head

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Forehead – die Stirn

Pupil – die (Augen)Pupille, also called das Sehloch (‘the see-hole’)

Iris – die Iris, also called die Regenbogenhaut (‘the rainbow skin’)

Eyelid – das Augenlid

Nostril – das Nasenloch

Gums – das Zahnfleisch (‘the tooth flesh’)

Eardrum – das Trommelfell

Tongue – die Zunge

Jaw – der Kiefer

Skin – die Haut

Spot – der Pickel


*By the way, if you would like to know what the different muscles are called in German, check out this post!*

der Oberkörper – The upper body

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Throat – die Kehle

Collarbone – das Schlüsselbein (‘the key leg’)

Spine – die Wirbelsäule

Wrist – das Handgelenk (‘the hand joint’)

Palm – die Handfläche

Armpit – die Achsel

Knuckle – der Knöchel

Lung – die Lunge

Ribcage – der Brustkorb (‘the chest basket’)

Stomach – der Magen (specifically the stomach organ) or der Bauch (general area of stomach)


The fingers of the hand are called as follows in German:

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der Daumen – thumb
der Zeigefinger – index finger
der Mittelfinger – middle finger
der Ringfinger – ring finger
der kleine Finger – little finger

der Unterkörper – The lower body

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Hipbone – der Hüftknochen

Crotch – der Schritt or der Unterleib

Vagina – die Scheide or die Vagina

Penis – der Penis

Uterus/Womb – der Uterus/die Gebärmutter

Upper leg – der Oberschenkel

Lower leg – der Unterschenkel

Thigh – der Schenkel

Calf – die Wade

Kneecap – die Kniescheibe

Ankle – der Knöchel

Toenail – der Zehennagel

Sole – die Fußsohle


Now you’ve got the vocabulary, it’s time to test your knowledge! Study the body parts and then match the English words to the German in this short exercise. The answers are at the bottom of the page.


1. Eardrum ——————— A. der Penis

2. Spine ———————- B. das Zahnfleisch

3. Ring finger ——————— C. das Trommelfell

4. Penis ————————— D. die Regenbogenhaut

5. Thumb —————————- E. die Wirbelsäule

6. Kneecap —————————– F. das Handgelenk

7. Gums —————————— G. der Daumen

8. Iris ——————————- H. der Ringfinger

9. Wrist ——————————- I. der Unterleib

10. Crotch ——————————– J. die Kniescheibe

If you are finding this difficult, go back and study the words some more and try the quiz again. Eventually you will begin to associate the German word with the English one, and vice-versa. Let me know how you get on! And if you haven’t yet, check out part one, which contains the basic vocabulary.


Bis bald!




Answers to quiz: 1C, 2E, 3H, 4A, 5G, 6J, 7B, 8D, 9F, 10I.

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Servus! I'm Constanze and I live in the UK. I'm half English and half German, and have been writing about German language and culture on this blog since 2014. I am also a fitness instructor & personal trainer.


  1. Blair:

    It might be helpful to distinguish between the vulva and the vagina. The vulva is the external organ similar to the penis.