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medical terminology

anatomical directions, divisions,body planes

Superior above
inferior below
anterior/ventral front
posperior/dorsal back
cranial toward the head
caudal toward the tailbone
central toward the trunk
peripheral toward the extremities
medial toward the midline
lateral toward the side
inner aspect inside
supine lying on back, face up
prone lying on abdomen
deep away from the surface
superfical toward the surface
proximal toward the origin of a structure
distal away from the origin of a structure
afferent conducting toward a structure
efferent conducting away from a structure
Created by: vfinley2009