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Glossary of AnSci 301

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Dorsal
Toward the back or top line of the body, upper side
Ventral
Away from the back or top line, underside
Anterior/Cranial/Cephalic
Toward the head end
Posterior/Caudal
toward the Tail end
Median Plane
Vertical plane dividing the body into right and left sections along the midline
Medial
toward median plane
Lateral
away from medial plane
Horizontal plane
divides body into dorsal and ventral sections
Transverse Plane
divides body into anterior and posterior sections
Proximal
usually applied to limbs, toward the attached or less movable portion(near the median plane)
Distal
Usually applied to limbs, toward the more movable portion (also away from median plane)

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