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GBT 7

Directional Terms

QuestionAnswer
anterior toward the front; pertaining to the front
anteposterior from the front to the back; pertaining to the front and the back
caudal pertaining to the tail; downward
cranial toward the head; pertaining to the head
cephalad toward the head; pertaining to the head
deep away from the surface
distal away from the trunk of the body; farthest from the point of origin of a body part
dorsal toward the back; pertaining to the back
inferior below; downward toward the tail or feet
lateral to the side; away from the midline of the body
medial toward the midline of the body; pertaining to the back of the body
posterior toward the back; pertaining to the back of the body
posteoanterior from the back to the front; pertaining to the back and front
prone face down; lying on the abdomen
proximal toward the trunk of the body; nearest to the point of origin of a body part
superficial near the surface; pertaining to the surface
superior above; upward; toward the head
supine face up; lying on the back
ventral toward the front; pertaining to the front side
Created by: Amaier