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Anatomical Direct

Anatomical Directions

QuestionAnswer
Superior Toward the head
Inferior Away from the head (toward the feet)
Cephalic Toward the head (same as superior)
Cranial Toward the head (same as superior)
Caudal Away from the head (same as Inferior)
Anterior Near to or in front of the body (before)
Posterior Near to or at the back of the body (behind)
Ventral Near to or in front of the body (before) Same as Anterior
Dorsal Near to or at the back of the body (behind) Same as Posterior
Lateral Farther from the mid-line
Medial Near the mid-line
Distal Farther from the base of the limb
Proximal Closer to the base of the limb
Deep Away from the bodies surface
Superficial Toward or on the bodies surface
Supine Laying face up in the anatomical position
Prone Laying face down in the anatomical position
Created by: Jolynnh