Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Manual, Cat Version: Directional Terms Flashcards


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Left

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Patient's left side

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Right

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Patient's right side

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Superior

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Above

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Inferior

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Below

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Anterior

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Front

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Posterior

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Back

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Medial

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Toward the midline or median place

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Lateral

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Away from the midline or median plane

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Intermediate

Between two structures

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Cephalad (cranial)

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Toward the head

  • Humans: used interchangeably with superior
  • Four-Legged Animals: synonymous with anterior
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Caudal

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Toward the tail

  • Humans: used interchangeably with inferior
  • Four-Legged Animals: synonymous with posterior
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Dorsal

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Backside

  • Humans: used interchangeably with posterior
  • Four-Legged animals: synonymous with superior
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Ventral

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Belly side

  • Humans: used interchangeably with anterior
  • Four-Legged animals: synonymous with inferior
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Proximal

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Nearer the trunk or attached end

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Distal

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Farther fro the trunk or point of attachment

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Superficial

Toward or at body surface

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Deep

Away from the body surface