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Table 1.1

Directional Terms

Directional TermMeaning
Anterior (ventral) Toward the front or abdominal surface of the body.
Posterior (dorsal) Toward the back of the body.
Superior (cephalad) Toward the head.
Inferior (caudad) Away from the head.
Medial Toward the midline of the body.
Lateral Away from the midline of the body.
Parietal Pertaining to the outer boundary of body cavaties.
Visceral Pertaining to the internal organs.
External (superficial) Toward or on the body surface.
Internal (deep) Away from the body surface.
Proximal Part of an exremity that is nearer the point of attachment of the extremity to the truck.
Distal Part of an extremity that is farther from the point of attachment of the extremity to the truck.
Central At or near the center of the body or organ.
Peripheral External to or away from the center of the body or organ.
Created by: Jamiew0282