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Body Planes – Exercising Your Mind
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Body Planes

Body Planes



Anterior: Front



Posterior: Toward the rear



Distal: Away from



Proximal: Near



Dorsal: Near the upper surface, toward the back



Ventral: Toward the bottom, toward the belly



Superior: Above



Inferior: Below



Lateral: Toward the side, away from the mid-line



Medial: Toward the mid-line, middle, away from the side



Rostral: Toward the front



Caudal: Toward the back, toward the tail



Anatomical Body Planes:

Anatomical planes can be used to describe any body part or an entire body, vertically and horizontally.



Lateral Plane or Sagittal Plane: This plane divides the body into right and left regions.



Median or Midsagittal Plane: Sagittal plane that divides the body into equal right and left regions.



Parasagittal Plane: Sagittal plane that divides the body into unequal right and left regions.



Frontal Plane or Coronal Plane: This plane divides the body into front (anterior) and back (posterior) regions.



Transverse Plane: This plane divides the body into upper (superior) and lower (inferior) regions

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