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General Medical Term

TermDefinition
Anterior Front (ventral)
Posterior Back (dorsal)
Superior Toward head
Inferior Away from head
Medial Toward midline
Lateral Away from midline
Proximal Toward the attached end of the limb, origin of structure, or midline
Distal Away from the attached end of the limb, origin of the structure, or midline of the body
Superficial External - close to or on the body surface
Deep Internal- located further beneath the body surface than the superficial structures
Cervical Regional term referring to the neck
Thoracic Regional term referring to the body between the neck and abdomen, also known as the chest
Lumbar Regional term referring to the portion of the back between the abdomen and pelvis
Plantar Sole or bottom of feet
Dorsal Top of feet and hands
Palmar Anterior or ventral surface of the hands
Sagittal plane A longitudinal line that divides the body or any of its parts into right and left sections
Frontal plane A longitudinal section that divides the body into anterior and posterior parts, lies at a right angle to the sagittal plane
Transverse plane also known as the horizontal plane, an imaginary line that divides the body or any of its parts into superior and and inferior sections
Arthro Joint
Bi Two
Brachium Arm
Cardio Heart
Cephalo Head
Chondro Cartilage
Costo Rib
Dermo Skin
Hemo Blood
Ilio Ilium- upper crest of pelvic bone
Myo Muscle
Osteo Bone
Pulmo Lung
Thoraco Chest
Tri Three
Created by: Lyndseyrock