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planes & directional

body slicing, directional, and positional terms

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body planes 1. coronal 2.frontal 3.horizontal 4.midsagittal 5.sagittal 6. transverse
unequal vertical plane divided into left and right portions sagittal
equal vertical plane divided into left and right portions midsagittal
divides body into front and back portions coronal or frontal
crosswise plane runs parallel to ground transverse or horizontal
toward head superior
toward the head cephalic
toward feet or tail, or below inferior
toward feet or tail, or below caudal
near or on back or spinal cord side posterior
near or on back or spinal cord side dorsal
near or on front or belly-side anterior
near or on front or belly-side ventral
middle medial
side lateral
tip or summit apex
move away or toward median or middle abduction
closest to point of attachment proximal
farthest from point distal
surface of body superficial
body lying horizontally and facing upward supine
body lying horizontally facing downward prone
turning inward or inside out inversion
turning outward eversion