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Relative positions

TermDefinition
Superior means that a body part is above another part or is closer to the head.
Inferior means that a body part is below another body part or is toward the feet.
Anterior (Ventral) means toward the front.
Posterior (Dorsal) is the opposite of anterior; it means toward the back.
Medial relates to an imaginary midline dividing the body into equal right and left halves. A body part is medial if it is closer to this line than another part.
Lateral means toward the side with respect to the imaginary midline.
Proximal describes a body part that is closer to a point of attachment than another body part.
Distal is the opposite of proximal. It means that a particular body part is farther from a point of attachment than another body part.
Superficial means situated near the surface. It describes the location of certain blood vessels and nerves.
Deep describes parts that are more internal.
Created by: mr.dingers