Directional Terms Anatomical terms

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The front; before Anterior
The belly side (equivalent to anterior when referring to the human body) Ventral
The back; behind Posterior
The back (equivalent to posterior when referring to the human body) Dorsal
The head Cranial or Cephalic
Above; at a highter level (in the human body, toward the head) Superior
The tail (coccyx in humans) Caudal
Below; at a lower level Inferior
Toward the body's longitudinal axis Medial
Away from the body's longitudinal axis Lateral
Toward an attached base Proximal
Away from an attached base Distal
At, near, or relatively close to the body surface Superficial
Farther from the body surface Deep

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