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NHTC Position & Dir

NHTC 4 Position & Direction Table

Anterior (ventral) front of the body, toward the front The navel is on the anterior side of body; toes are anterior to ankle
Deep away from the surface The bullet wound penetrated deep into the abdomen.
Distal farther from the point of attachment to the trunk or a structure The toes are distal to the ankle.
External outside, exterior to The ribs are external to the lungs.
Inferior (caudal) below; toward the tail The intestines are inferior to the stomach; the legs are inferior to the trunk.
Internal within, interior to The brain is internal to the skull.
Lateral pertaining to the side; toward the side The eyes are lateral to the nose.
Medial pertaining to the middle; toward the midline The mouth is medial to the cheeks.
Posterior (dorsal) back of the body; near the back The spinal column is on the posterior side of the body; the heel is posterior to the toes
Proximal near the point of attachment to the trunk or a structure The ankle is proximal to the foot.
Parietal pertaining to the outer wall of a body cavity The parietal pleura lines the chest cavity
Superficial toward or on the surface The scrape from the fall is a superficial wound
Superior (cephalic, cranial) above; toward the head The chest is superior to the abdomen; the heart is superior to the stomach
Visceral pertaining to the covering of an organ The visceral pleura covers the lungs.
Created by: rmlgray