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Anatomy Directions

1.4--Anatomical Directional Terms

TermDefinition
SUPERIOR ABOVE, HIGHER IN POSITION; TOWARD HEAD (NOT IN REFERENCE TO LIMBS)
CRANIAL (CEPHALIC) TOWARD HEAD; MORE FLEXIBLE THAN SUPERIOR
INFERIOR BELOW OR LOWER IN POSITION TOWARD FEET (NOT IN REFERENCE TO LIMBS)
ROSTRAL RELATING TO NOSE AND MOUTH REGION; TOWARDFACE
CAUDAL RELATING TO TAIL; AT OR NEAR POSTERIOR
ANTERIOR FRONT OF BODY
POSTERIOR BACK OF BODY
VENTRAL BELLY SIDE OF BODY (ANTERIOR)
DORSAL BACK SIDE OF BODY (POSTERIOR)
MEDIAL NEARER TO MIDLINE
LATERAL FARTHER FROM MIDLINE
INTERMEDIATE BETWEEN TWO STRUCTURES
IPSILATERAL SAME SIDE OF THE BODY'S MIDLINE FROM ANOTHER STRUCTURE
CONTRALATERAL ON OPPOSITE SIDE OF BODY'S MIDLINE FROM ANOTHER STRUCTURE
PROXIMAL NEARER ATTACHMENT OF LIMB TO TRUNK; NEARER TO ORIGINATION OF A STRUCTURE
DISTAL FARTHER FROM ATTACHMENT OF LIMB TO TRUNK
SUPERFICIAL TOWARD OR ON SURFACE OF BODY (EX. RIBS TO LUNGS)
DEEP AWAY FROM SURFACE OF THE BODY
EXTERNAL TOWARD OUTSIDE OF A STRUCTURE
INTERNAL TOWARD INSIDE OF A STRUCTURE
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