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Terms for Direction, Planes & Regions of the Body - Chapter Summary
Check out this mobile-friendly study resource to review medical terms for direction, planes and regions of the human body. Inside the chapter, you'll find bite-sized lessons and quizzes that break down human anatomy vocabulary in a way that's easy to understand and remember. You can use any computer or mobile device to access the chapter material at any time of day or night. After completing the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Define anatomical directional terminology related to the human body's anterior, posterior, lateral parts, medial parts, limbs, hands and feet
- Identify the different planes of the human body
- Recognize terms related to the human body's major cavities
1. Anatomical Directional Terminology: Anterior, Posterior and More
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.
2. Anatomical Directional Terminology: Limbs, Hands & Feet
In this lesson, you'll learn how we term the different sides of our feet and hands thanks to words like dorsal, plantar and palmar. You'll also learn how we name something that is near or far away from the trunk of our body thanks to words like proximal and distal.
3. Anatomical Directional Terminology: Lateral, Medial & More
Learn what it means to be on the same side as something else or on a different side altogether. In addition, find out what it means to be closer to or farther away from the middle of something as we explore the following terms: lateral, medial, ipsilateral, and contralateral.
4. Planes of the Human Body: Definition, Anatomy & Diagram
Learn about the different ways in which your body can be divided or cut up for theoretical and practical purposes as we explore the sagittal plane, transverse plane and coronal plane.
5. Directional Terminology for Anatomy
This lesson seeks to cover several different terms used in directional terminology: ventral, dorsal, cranial, caudal, cephalic, and rostral. These anatomical terms are defined from a bipedal perspective.
6. Major Body Cavities: Medical Terminology
Without its organs, your body is nothing but a collection of empty spaces called cavities. There are two major cavity regions with their own unique subdivisions, and they'll be defined here.
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- Terms for GI Tract Pathology, Diagnosis & Treatment
- Medical Terminology for the Urinary System
- Medical Terminology for the Nervous System
- Terms for Nervous System-Related Conditions & Treatment
- Medical Terminology Related to the Eyes
- Medical Terms Related to the Ears
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- Medical Terms for the Endocrine System
- Medical Terminology for the Reproductive Systems
- Medical Terms for Diagnostic Exams
- Medical Terms for Radiology, Pharmacology & Oncology