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Anatomical Terms


anatomical position body facing forward, palms facing outward, head facing forward
sectional planes (planes of reference) imaginary flat surfaces or sections
3 planes of reference sagittal, coronal, and transverse
sagittal plane divides body into left and right halves
mid-sagittal plane divides body equally from right to left
para-sagittal plane divides body unequally from left to right
coronal plane divides front and back part of body
transverse plane divides upper and lower part of body
superior towards head
inferior away from head
anterior (ventral) towards front of body
posterior (dorsal) towards back of body
medial towards center of body
lateral towards the sides of the body
intermediate between medial and lateral structure
proximal close to point of attachment or origin of body part
distal farther from point of attachment or origin of body part
superficial (external) towards body's surface
deep away from body's surface
Created by: sgmonico