What is a superficial position in anatomy?


What is a superficial position in anatomy?

Anatomical Position and Directionality:

The anatomical position of an organism describes its body in a supine or erect position with the face and the palms of the forelimbs facing upwards or forward. The anatomical position serves as the reference point from which the location or direction of various body parts should be indicated. Terms that are often used to describe the location or direction of body parts include anterior/posterior, distal/proximal, dorsal/ventral, lateral/medial, superficial/deep, and superior/inferior.

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Superficial is a directional term used to describe the location of a body part that is near or at the body surface. More specifically, superficial...

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Anatomical Directional Terminology: Anterior, Posterior and More


Chapter 4 / Lesson 8

Find out how to properly refer to the location of things at the front and back of a person as well as above or below a certain point on the body by learning the terms anterior, posterior, superior, and inferior.

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