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Body Parts

Descriptive Terms for Body Parts and Areas

Antebrachial forearm
Antecubital front of elbow
Axillary armpit
Brachial upper arm
Buccal (oral) mouth
Cardiac heart
Cervical neck
Cranial head
Cutaneous skin
Deltoid shoulder
Femoral thigh
Frontal forehead
Gastric stomach
Gluteal buttocks
Hepatic liver
Illiac hip
Inguinal groin
Lumbar small of back
Mammary breast
Nasal nose
Occipital back of head
Orbital eye
Parietal crown of head
Patellar kneecap
Pectoral chest
Pedal foot
Superior above, or higher
Inferior below, or lower
Anterior toward the front
Posterior toward the back
Ventral toward the front
Dorsal toward the back
Medial toward the middle
Lateral away from the midline
Internal within, or interior to
External outside, or exterior to
Superficial toward the surface
Deep within, interior to
Central the main part
Peripheral extending from the main part
Proximal closer to the origin
Distal farther from the origin
Parietal pertaining to the wall of the cavity
Visceral pertaining to the organs within a cavity