Anatomy Directional Terms

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Superior

Toward the head, or upper part of the structure

2

Inferior

Away from the head, or lower part of structure

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Medial

Closer to midline

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Lateral

Farther away from midline

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Intermediate

Between 2 structures

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Superficial

Toward or on the surface of the body

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Deep

Away from the surface of the body

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Ipsilateral

On the same side of the body

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Contralateral

Opposite side of the body

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Cephalic

Tail or posterior hind part

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Caudal

Head

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Anterior

front

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Posterior

back

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Proximal

nearer

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Dorsal

back surface

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Ventral

Front lower side of an organism

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Distal

back surface of an organism


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