Busy. Please wait.

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account?  Sign up 

show password


Make sure to remember your password. If you forget it there is no way for StudyStack to send you a reset link. You would need to create a new account.

By signing up, I agree to StudyStack's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Already a StudyStack user? Log In

Reset Password
Enter the email address associated with your account, and we'll email you a link to reset your password.

Remove ads
Don't know (0)
Know (0)
remaining cards (0)
To flip the current card, click it or press the Spacebar key.  To move the current card to one of the three colored boxes, click on the box.  You may also press the UP ARROW key to move the card to the "Know" box, the DOWN ARROW key to move the card to the "Don't know" box, or the RIGHT ARROW key to move the card to the Remaining box.  You may also click on the card displayed in any of the three boxes to bring that card back to the center.

Pass complete!

"Know" box contains:
Time elapsed:
restart all cards

Embed Code - If you would like this activity on your web page, copy the script below and paste it into your web page.

  Normal Size     Small Size show me how

MT_Directional Terms

Directional Terms & Positions

anterior front side
distal farthest point away from
dorsal backside
high fowlers sitting with back of exam table at a 90º angle (to facilitate breathing in cardiovascular or respiratory patients)
inferior below
lateral side of
medial middle
peripheral on the edge or outside of
posterior rear or back of
prone lie on the front side face down (posterior of the body, inc. back, spine, legs)
proximal nearest
superior above
supine (horizontal recumbent) lie on back (examine anterior surface of body)
transverse across
ventral to the belly
dorsal recumbent lie on back,legs separated,knees flexed, feet flat on table (rectal, genital, abd, head,neck, chest)
lithotomy lie on back,legs separated, buttocks to edge of the table, feet in stirrups (genital, pelvic, catheterization)
semi-fowler's sitting with back of exam table at a 45° angle (to facilitate breathing in cardiovascular or respiratory patients)
Knee-Chest kneel on exam table, buttocks elevated, back straight with chest resting on the table. (Rarely Used Anymore for proctologic, sigmoidoscopy)
Proctologic requires the use of a proctologic table
Sim's (lateral) lie on left side, left arm and shoulder drawn back behind the body, right knee flexed sharply. pillow under head and between legs if it does not interfere with exam. (vaginal, rectal, rectal temp, sigmoidoscopy, enema)
Trendelenburg lower the head, elevate the legs. (used for shock, abdominal or pelvic surgery)
Created by: cformica