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Orientation/Direct

Orientation and Directional Terms

QuestionAnswer
Superior aka Cranial Toward the head end or upper part of a structure or the body; above
Inferior aka Caudal Away from the head end or toward the lower part of a structure or the body; below
Anterior aka Ventral Toward or at the front of the body; in front of
Posterior aka Dorsal Toward or at the back of the body; behind
Medial Toward or at the midline of the body; on the inner side of
Lateral Away from the midline of the body; on the outer side of
Intermediate Between a more medial and more lateral structure
Proximal Closer to the origin of the body part or at the point of attachment of a limb to the body trunk
Distal Farther from the origin of a body part or the point of attachment of a limb to the body trunk
Superficial aka External Toward or at the body surface
Deep aka Internal Away from the body surface; more internal
Axial Part Main axis of the body Includes: head, neck and trunk
Appendicular Part Consists of appendages or limbs Includes: arms, legs
Created by: nikkichic214
 

 



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