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Basic Anatomical Terminology

Anatomical Position Body is upright, directly facing the observer, feet flat and directed forward. The upper limbs are at the body's sides with the palms facing forward.
Ventral or Anterior Front
Dorsal or Posterior Back
Superior or Cephalic Closer to the head
Inferior or Caudal Closer to the legs/tail
Proximal Nearer to attachment to body
Distal Farther from attachment to body
Medial (with example) Nearer to the midline. "The ulna is medial to the radius."
Lateral (with example) Farther from the midline. "The lungs are lateral to the heart."
Superficial (With example) Toward or on the surface of the body. "The ribs are superficial to the lungs"
Deep (with example) Away from the surface of the body "The ribs are deep to the skin of the chest and back"
Coronal Plane (Frontal Plane) A vertical plane running from side to side; divides the body or any of its parts into anterior and posterior portions.
Sagittal Plane (Lateral Plane) A vertical plane running from front to back; divides the body or any of its parts into right and left sides.
Axial Plane (Transverse Plane) A horizontal plane; divides the body or any of its parts into upper and lower parts.
Median plane Sagittal plane through the midline of the body; divides the body or any of its parts into right and left halves.
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