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Directional Vocab

Directional Terminology Notes

QuestionAnswer
Superior part is above another part or closer to head
Inferior part is below another part or towards the feet
Anterior(Ventral) toward front; in front of
Posterior (Dorsal) toward back; behind
Medial toward or at midline of body; to inner side of
Lateral away from midline of body; towards side
Ipsilateral pertains to same side of body
Contralateral refers to opposite side
Proximal closer to trunk of body
Distal farther from trunk of body
Superficial situated near surface
Peripheral outward or near the surface
Deep parts that are more internal
Planes imiginary flat surfaces that pass through the human body
Sagittal lengthwise cut that divides the body into right and left sides
Median/Midsagittal divides the body into equal parts
Parasagittal divides the body into unequl parts
Transverse (Horizontal) divides body into superior and inferior portions
Coronal (Frontal) divides body into anterior and posterior portions
Anatomical Position 1. Subject is erect 2. Face is forward 3. Upper limbs are at the sides 4. Palms are facing forward
Created by: katiewebb