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Skeletal Movements

The movements associated with the skeleton

QuestionAnswer
decreasing the angle of a joint flexion
increasing the angle of a joint extension
moving a joint beyond its normal range or beyond the anatomical position hyperextension
bending the ankle so that the toes point upward dorsiflexion
bending the ankle so that the toes point downward plantar flexion
moving a part anteriorly, along a horizontal plane protraction
moving a part posteriorly, along a horizontal plane retraction
moving an appendage's distal end away from the midsagittal plane abduction
moving an appendage's distal end toward the midsagittal plane adduction
moving the foot from the anatomical position (sole downward) to a position in which the sole is facing the midsagittal plane inversion
moving the foot from the anatomical position to a position in which the sole faces away from the midsagittal plane eversion
moving the distal end of an appendage in a circle, making a cone-shaped sweep circumduction
moving a bone on its axis, as if on a pivot or axle rotation
rotating the forearm from the anatomical position (palm forward) to reverse it (palm facing the posterior) pronation
rotating the forearm from the pronated position back to the anatomical position supination
raising a part elevation
lowering a part depression
Created by: lizzy.spangler