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Anatomical Terms

TermDefinition
Midsagittal Plane Divides the body equally down the center
Sagittal Divides body into a left and right side
Transverse plane Crosses through parts of the body
Cranial Towards the head
Caudial Towards the tail
Rostral Towards the nose, used when describing things on the head
Dorsal Top region of the animal (back)
Ventral Bottom region of animal (stomach)
Medial Towards the center of the body
Lateral Away from the center of the body
Deep Towards the center of the body (depth of wounds)
Superficical Away from the center of the body (depth of wounds)
Proximal Towards the body
Distal Away from the body
Palmar Bottom of the front paws
Plantar Bottom of the hind paws
Dorsal Recumbency When the animal is laying on their back with ventral side exposed.
Sternal Recumbency When the animal is laying on its ventral side and the back is exposed.
Lateral Recumbency When the animal is laying flat on either side of its body
Oblique Recumbency When the animal is in a twisted position.
Created by: acparris