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Directional Terms

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Ventral
Front side of body
Dorsal
back side of body
inferior
below another structure
superior
above another structure
Lateral
to the side
Medial
toward the midline of the body
Deep
through the surface
Superficial
on or near the surface
Proximal
near the point of attachment
Distal
away from the point of attachment
Supine
lying on one's spine facing upward
Prone
lying on one's stomach facing downward
Sagittal Plane
divides the body into two parts, right and left
Coronal Plane
divides the body into anterior and posterior sections
Transverse Plane
divides the body horizontally into a top and a bottom part
Midsagittal Plane
divides the body into two equal right and left parts
Dorsal Cavity
Cavity containing the cranial and spinal cavities
Ventral Cavity
Cavity containing the abdominopelvic and thoracic cavities