Anatomical Directional Terminology: Anterior, Posterior and More


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Which of the following structures is superficial to the teeth?

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1. Which of the following structures is superior to the rib cage?

2. Your sternum is _____ to your vertebral column.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of directional terminology, especially as it relates to the human anatomy. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include common directional labels for when something is below or above.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The common term describing the areas 'below'
  • The common term describing the areas 'above'
  • Where your body parts are in relation to others and the appropriate terminology
  • The position of the brain in relation to the skull
  • The essential meaning of inferior in relation to anatomical directions

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main words, such as inferior and anterior
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related anatomical directional terminology lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding anatomical directional terminology and use the terms correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about where body parts are located in relation to each other, using directional terminology

Additional Learning

To learn more about directional terminology in relation to the anatomy of the human body, review the corresponding lesson on Anatomical Directional Terminology. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Differentiate between anterior and posterior
  • Understand what inferior and superior mean in terms of anatomical directional terminology
  • Define superficial and deep in this context
  • Practice using these terms with anatomical examples