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Anatomical Directions

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Left
to the left of the body or structure
Right
to the right of the body or structure
Lateral
toward the side; away from the midsagittal plane
Medial
toward the midsagittal plane; away from the side
Anterior
towards the front of the body or structure
Posterior
toward the back of the body or structure
Dorsal
along ( or toward ) the vertebral surface of the body ( near the back )
Ventral
along ( or toward ) the belly surface of the body (near the front)
Superior
toward the top of the body or structure
Inferior
toward the bottom of the body or structure
Cranial ( cephalad )
toward or on the head
Caudal ( caudad )
toward the tail ( coccyx in humans )
Proximal
toward the torso, point of the attachment, or point of origin.
Distal
away from the torso, point of the attachment, or point of origin
Visceral
toward an internal organ; away from the wall of a body cavity
Parietal
toward the wall of a body cavity; away from an internal organ
Deep
toward the inside of the body or an organ
Superficial
toward the surface of the body or an organ
Medullary
refers to the inner region of an organ
Cortical
refers to the outer region of an organ