Q:

What is the heaviest part of the body?

A:

Quick Answer

The heaviest part of the human body is the skin. It weighs an average of 24 pounds and accounts for approximately 16 percent of a person's weight, depending on the person's size. The skin is also the largest organ in the human body.

Continue Reading
What is the heaviest part of the body?
Credit: Justin Sullivan Getty Images News Getty Images

Full Answer

The general purpose of skin is to protect internal organs from dehydration, physical assaults, micro-organisms and radiation. One human leg, which includes numerous structures from many other bodily systems, accounts for around 10 percent of a person's body mass. At an average of 3.4 pounds, the heaviest internal organ is the liver; the second heaviest is the brain, which weighs around 2.8 pounds.

Learn more about Human Anatomy

Related Questions

Explore