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Veterinary Direction

Directional Terms

Aspect Area
Caudal Toward the tail
Cranial Toward the head
Distal Away from the center of the body
Dorsal Toward the back area
Lateral Side of the body; toward the outside
Medial Inside of an area; toward the inside
Palmar The bottom of the front feet
Plantar The bottom of the rear feet
Proximal Closer to the center of the body
Recumbency Lying in position
Recumbent Lying
Rostral Toward the nose
Traverse Across an area dividing it into cranial and caudal sections
Ventral Toward the abdomen or belly area
Anterior Front of the Body
Dorsal (frontal) plane plane that divides the body into dorsal (back and ventral (belly) parts
Transverse (horizontal or cross‐sectional) plane plane that divides the body into cranial and caudal parts
Sagittal Plane plane the divides the body into left and right parts
Created by: jmcornwell