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Glossary of Body planes cavities and directions

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Towards the head
Superior
Towards the feet
Inferior
In front of
Anterior
In back of
Posterior
toward the belly
Ventral
Toward the back
Dorsal
toward the midline of the body
Medial
Toward the side of the body
Lateral
Toward or nearest the trunk of the body
Proximal
Away from or farthest from the trunk of the body
Distal
near the surface of the body
Superficial
Farther away from the body surface
Deep
Plane running from front to back dividing body into right and left sides
Sagittal
Plane running lengthwise from side to side dividing body into front and back portions
Frontal
Plane dividing body into upper and lower sections
Transverse
Upper right cavity
Right hypochondriac region
Upper left cavity
Left hypochondriac region
middle upper cavity
Epigastric region
Middle right cavity
Right lumbar region
cavity surrounding you bellybutton
Umbilical region
Middle left cavity
Left Lumbar region
Lower right cavity
Right Iliac region
lower middle cavity
Hypogastric region
lower left cavity
Left Iliac region

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