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Directional Term I

Directional Terminology: Vocabulary and Definitions

QuestionAnswer
Toward surface of body Superficial
To the innermost part of the body Deep
Toward the head Superior
Toward the feet Inferior
Away from the median plane of the body Abduction
Toward the median plane of the body Adduction
More toward the midline of the body Medial
More toward the side of the body Lateral
Closest to the attachment of the trunk Proximal
Farest away from the attachment of the trunk Distal
Front of a biped Anterior
Back of a biped Posterior
Front of a quadraped Ventral
Back of a quadraped Dorsal
Outer wall of a body cavity Parietal
The covering of an organ Visceral
Lying face down Prone
Ling on your back Supine
Going inward in the body Inversion
Going outward in the body Eversion
On the same side Ipsilateral
On different sides Contralateral
The head. Superior in biped. Anterior in quadruped Cranial
The head. Superior in biped. Anterior in quadruped Cephalad
The tail. Inferior in biped. Posterior in quadruped Caudal
The tail. Inferior in biped. Posterior in quadruped Caudate
Between two structures Intermediate
Big toe Hallux
Thumb Pollex
Created by: A. Stephens