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chapter 1 part 3

anatomy

TermDefinition
superior when a body part is above another (ex. the heart is superior to the stomach)
inferior when a body part is below another or closer to the feet (ex. the anus is inferior to the brain)
anterior toward the front (ex. the nose is anterior to the spinal cord)
posterior toward the back (ex. the rectum is a posterior "spot")
medial an imaginary mid-line dividing the body into equal left and right halves; a body part is medial if it's closer to the mid-line
lateral further away from the mid-line (ex. your hand is a lateral body part)
proximal a body part that is closer to a point of attachment (like to the trunk of the body- ex. the shoulder is a proximal body part)
distal a body part that is further away from the point of attachment (ex. the hand is distal to the shoulder)
superficial near the surface or skin
deep more internal or inside
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