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Anatomy Terms

Anatomical Position Hands at your side, palms facing forward, feet together
Supine Position Person laying down face up in the anatomical position
Prone Position Person laying down face down in the anatomical position
Anterior The front; Before
Ventral The belly side (equivalent to anterior when referring to the human body)
Posterior or Dorsal The back; Behind
Cranial or Cephalic The head
Superior Above; AT a higher level (in human body, toward the head)
Caudal The tail (coccyx in humans)
Inferior Below; At a low level
Medial Toward the body’s longitudinal axis; Toward the midsagittal plane
Lateral Away from the body’s longitudinal axis; Away from the midsagittal plane
Proximal Toward an attached base
Distal Away from an attached base
Superficial At, near, or relatively close to the body surface
Deep Farther from the body surface
Transverse Plane lies at right angles to the long axis of the long axis of the body; dividing it into superior and inferior portions (legs and torso)
Frontal or Coronal Plane Parallel to long axis of body, extending from side to side; divides the body into anterior and posterior portions (leaves face intact)
Sagittal Plane Parallel to long axis of the body and extends from front to back; divides the body into left and right portions
Created by: Cyndi1087