Anatomical Directions

Thibodeau and Patton (2011). Structure and Function of the Body. 14th ed. Missouri: Mosby. inside cover page.

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Left
to the left of the body/ structure
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Right
to the right of the body/ structure
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Lateral
toward the side; away from the midsagittal plane
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Medial
toward the midsagittal plate; away from the side
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Anterior
toward the front of the body
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Posterior
toward the back of the body
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Superior
toward the top of the body
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Inferior
toward the bottom of the body
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Dorsal
along the vertebral surface of the body
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Ventral
along the belly surface of the body
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Caudad
toward the tail
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Cephalad
toward the head
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Proximal
toward the trunk (describes relative position in a limb)
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Distal
away from the trunk/ point of attatchment
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Visceral
toward an internal organ; away from the outer wall
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Parietal
toward the wall; away from the internal structures
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Deep
towards the inside of a part; away from the surface
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Superficial
toward the surface of a part; away from the inside
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Medullary
refers to an inner region, or medulla
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Cortical
refers to an outer region, or cortex
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Card 2

Front

to the right of the body/ structure

Back

Right

Card 3

Front

toward the side; away from the midsagittal plane

Back

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Card 4

Front

toward the midsagittal plate; away from the side

Back

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Card 5

Front

toward the front of the body

Back

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