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Glossary of General Plan of the Human Body

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superior
above, or in a higher position
inferior
below, or lower
ventral
anterior, toward the front of the body
dorsal
posterior, toward the back of the body
cranial
near the head
caudal
near the tail or lower spinal column
medial
near the midline of the body
lateral
toward the side, away from the midline
proximal
near the origin of a structure
distal
away from the origin of a structure

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