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Body Orientation and Direction
Anatomical Position
The human body is erect, with feet slightly apart,
head and toes pointed forward, and arms hanging
at the side with palms facing forward.
Superior
Above
This term refers to placement of a structure along
the long axis of the body.
Inferior
Below
This term refers to placement of a structure along
the long axis of the body.
Anterior
Front
Posterior
Back
Medial
Toward the midline
Lateral
Away from the midline or median plane
Dorsal
Backside
Ventral
Belly side
Proximal
Nearer the trunk or attached end
Primarily used to locate various areas of the body
limbs.
Distal
Farther from the trunk or point of attachment
Primarily used to locate various areas of the body
limbs.