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Dirtectional Terms

Anatomic directional term

MIDLINE imaginary line drawn down the center of the body, dividing right and left halves
LATERAL away from the midline
MEDIAL towards the midline
BILATERAL on both sides
UNILATERAL limited to one side
MID-AXILLARY line drawn vertically from arm pit to ankle, dividing front and back
ANTERIOR OR VENTRAL front of the body
POSTERIOR OR DORSAL back of the body
SUPERIOR towards the head
INFERIOR away from the head
PROXIMAL closer to the torso
DISTAL away from torso
PALMER palm of hand
PLANTAR sole of the feet
Created by: aamaio101