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Directional Terms

Beginning Directional Terms from A & P

FrontBack
Lateral Toward the side; away from the midsagittal plane
Medial Toward the midsagittal plane; away from the side
Anterior Toward the front of the body
Posterial Toward the back (rear) of the body
Superior Toward the top of the body
Interior Toward the bottom of the body
Dorsal Along (toward) the vertebral surface of the body
Ventral Along (toward) the belly surface of the body
Caudad Toward the tail
Cephalad Toward the head
Proximal Toward the trunk (describes relatice posistion in a limb or other appendage)
Distal Away from the trunk or point of attachment
Visceral Toward an internal organ; awat from the outer wall (describes positions inside a body cavity)
Deep Toward the wall; away from the internal structures
Superficial Toward the surface of a part; away from the inside
Medullay Refers to an inner region or medulla
Cortical Refers to an outer region or cortex
Created by: KEMaloney