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Directional Terms and Body Planes

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Directional Terms
Superior
Towards the Head
Inferior
Lower or Below
Anterior
Front of In Front of
Posterior
Behind or Back of
Medial
Towards the Midline
Lateral
Away from the Midline
Proximal
Towards of Nearest to Trunk of Body
Distal
Away from Trunk of Body
Superficial
Nearer the Surface
Deep
Farther away from the Body Surface
What are the 3 Main Body Planes
Sagittal, Coronal (Frontal), and Transverse (Horizontal)
Sagittal Plane
Lengthwise plane running front front to back, separating the body into equal left and right (midsaggital) or into left and right (sagittal)
Coronal (Frontal) Plane
Lengthwise plane running from side to side, separating the body from anterior to posterior
Transverse (Horizontal) Plane
Crosswise plane, separating the upper and lower parts of the body

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