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Anatomical Directional Terms

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dorsal
Toward the back
ventral
Toward the belly
lateral
Toward the sides, away from the midline
median
Near the middle
anterior
Toward the head
posterior
Toward the hind end (tail)
superficial
on or near the surface
deep
some distance below the surface
sagittal plane
vertical division of the body into right and left portions
transverse/horizontal plane
relating to the plane separating anterior and posterior
frontal/lateral plane
relating to the plane separating dorsal and ventral
proximal
near to the point of reference
distal
far from the point of reference
pectoral
relating to the chest region
dermal
relating to the skin
abdominal cavity
relating to the area below the (posterior) ribcage
Thoracic cavity
relating to the area above (anterior) the ribcage
right and left
refers to the specimen's right or left, not yours
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