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Body Structure

Body Cavity, Spine, and Directional Terms

TermDefinition
abdominopelvic ventral cavity that contains digestive, reproductive, and excretory structures
adduction movement toward the median plane
cervical part of the spine known as the neck
coccyx tail bone
deep away from the surface of the body (internal)
eversion turning outward
inferior (caudal) away from the head; toward the tail or lower part of a structure
inversion turning inward or inside out
lumbar part of the spine known as the loin
plantar pertaining to the sole of the foot
posterior (dorsal) near the back of the body
prone lying horizontal with face downward
proximal nearer to the center (trunk of the body)
superficial toward the surface of the body (external)
thoracic ventral cavity that contains heart, lungs, and associated structures