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Why does the body need its own set of directional terminology? How do medical professionals...

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Why does the body need its own set of directional terminology? How do medical professionals communicate location, direction, position, etc., on the human body, and why is it not feasible to simply use the terms "side/front," "up/down," "above/below" etc., when diagnosing and treating? Use appropriate terminology and appropriate anatomical examples.

Directional Terminology

Directional terminology is heavily utilized in medicine and is universal in the medical community. There are mean terms that have their own specific meaning and can help providers understand the orientation of a portion of the body or the body as a whole.

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There are many terms used which all are familiar to the medical community. These terms are based off of the universal anatomical position which is a...

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Anatomical Directional Terminology: Lateral, Medial & More

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Anatomical directional terminology helps to explain the relative positions of different areas of the body. Explore more about anatomical directional terminology and the four terms that reference the position from the midline.


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