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Anatomical Direction

Anatomical Directions/ Positions/Planes

TermDefinition
Median Plane plane that divides the body into left/right halves
Sagittal Plane plane that divides the body into unequal left/ right parts ; parallel to median plane
Frontal Plane the plane that divides the body into front and back parts
Transverse Plane horizontal plane that divided the upper body from the lowermost part of the body
Superior; Cranial structure is closer to the head
Inferior structure is closer to the feet
Ventral; Anterior structure is more in front than another
Dorsal; Posterior structure is more toward the back than another
Medial structure is closer to the median plane than another
Lateral structure is further from the median than another
Proximal structure is closer to the attachment than another structure in the limb
Distal structure is further away from the attachment than another in the limb
Superficial deep (internal)
Ipsilateral on the same side as another structure
Created by: just_kaylamay