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Glossary of Bio Directional Terminology

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Superior
Toward the Head
Inferior
Toward the feet or tail
Anterior
Toward the front
Posterior
Toward the back
Proximal
Toward trunk or attachment
Distal
Away from the trunk or attachment
Medial
Toward the midline of the body
Lateral
Away from the midline of the body
Superficial
Nearest to the body surface
Deep
Farther from the body surface
Ipsilateral
Same side of the body
Contralateral
Opposite side of the body
External
Outer body surface
Internal
Inside body surface
Dorsal
Toward back(same as posterior)
Ventral
Toward Front(same as anterior)

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